Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

The spider race has thick, stiff hairs growing on their lower arms and shins. Each clan has a certain pattern that they shave into this hair to show allegiance. Children are not expected to bare their clan symbol until either their first menstrual cycle, or for men, when they are 13 years old. They then undergo a very painful waxing ritual. It’s a very big event for the family, sort of like a quinceanera, but with more painful hair removal involved. Men (or more rarely, women) who marry into a different tribe are expected to grow their hair out, and then undergo a slightly more understated waxing ritual.

The young women in the first two images are Conner’s older sisters, sachinTSna (chosen English name: Astrid) and mungKHna (chosen English name: Gloria). They are fraternal twins, a very common phenomenon in the spider race. They and Conner are both from the mungKHoru clan. These are their parents.



[T]he crux of this project is based on the following premise, and not an altogether original one. The great dinosaur-killer, the Chicxulub asteroid, misses earth. However, the resulting world is not simply a long-lived cretaceous paradise - the Deccan Traps still flooded the sky with ash and changed the climate and atmosphere, killing off most, if not all, of the great dinosaurs. The survivors of such an event, however, are a handful of small therapods, mammals, birds, and even a few pterosaurs.

Do yourself a favour and read through the rigorous thinking that Simon Roy has put into conjuring the physiology and culture of his Dinosauroids. Amazing work.

Wafrica« by Serge Mouangue, a Cameroonian designer based in Japan. 

(Source: arepas-de-sushi)





Fantasy lizard people where the females don’t have breasts they just figured out that bras are perfect for holding heat packs.

Fantasy lizard people where the males figured this out too and can’t understand why humans keep mistaking them for females because obviously they have five brow spikes not six like females do??

I have a dire need for this.


I tried

posts about gender in fantasy that aren’t cissexist







Cihuamiztontli by =SaiyaGina

I love the inclusion of modern technology into the scene. It’s wonderful.

Yes, this is exactly what I’m trying to do with secret project number one.

Yes, perfect. Good.

sudden flashbacks to Everworld 

This is a thing that I’ve been dwelling on: the alternative development of aesthetics.

The short and sweet version is that we tend to associate certain patterns of clothing, decoration, and ritual with different kinds of behavior. It’s a worldwide thing, and mostly unconscious. Men around the world wear European suits when they’re doing business, unless they have a particular reason not to. Facial tattoos are for ‘primitive’ tribes and members of Western countercultures. Essentially the same furniture and building styles are seen throughout the wealthy parts of the world, and showing the different methods used by other cultures is meant to show how primitive they are.

This is all, of course, horseshit. Art, fashion, motifs—they’re all just the window-dressing of a culture, and say little about how advanced or worthwhile it is. The prevalence of European styles in architecture and clothing isn’t because they’re just better than the rest of the world’s styles, it’s because European culturally brutalized the rest of the world and other cultures had to change to blend in.

What if things had turned out differently? What if some culture had stood as another example of what could be? What if more and more advanced technology had been molded into those alternate aesthetics? What might the world have seen?

(Slightly tangentally: This is why I’m okay with Zecora in MLP. Her aesthetic is indicative that there are cultures in that world that haven’t been homogenized by imperialism. That seems like an excellent thing.)

I really love to read this kind of comments/criticism, it gives a real twist to what I’ve been thinking at the moment to make this illustration.

True thoughts? I want an aztec with a jaguar, the animal, not the car, there’s no technology in prehispanic age. Ok let’s give the aztec something, I love tablets, the jaguar may like it too.

(Source: digitallydelicious)



Some amazing pictures and concept art for The Hobbit movie.

Love the very first look ever to  the very secretive female dwarves

oh my god, reblogging for the super adorable little dwarf kids aaaaaaaaaahhhh LOOK AT THEEEEMM


more on the uniforms!

shoes are not required since not everone wears them, but if they do black is prefered (and the more powerful the more choices one gets with what they wear)

accessories are fine as long as they don’t engage with others, so please leave your flaming crowns in your dorms and remember that pets are not allowed in certain buildings! (more details in your student handbook, please check pg iix for guidelines on animal companions)

Pins are given out depending on subject and are optional wear. But it is advised not to wear too many or you’ll look really dumb 

references for ties/sashes


tie and sash chart for windy and spud’s school or deities/powerful beings! (since we’re being pc here)

anyways yeah the levels are opposite for both because they want to be tricky. These are the only things that distinguish a persons “level”, and sashes are only required for formal school events like assemblies or presentations. Other than that they’re optional

and btw the writing is hebrew for first/second/third/final


I doodled some Elementalists. Elementalists are magic users who get around the complexities of spells by having magic only apply their requests to an extremely restricted set of things. Like a single “element” though it can be anything if it’s restricted enough. They all have to wear hats that are kind of like shrines to their element.

I’ll not say which one is what in case anyone wants to guess.



Across top: Female human, Female spider, Male Human, Male Spider

Down side: North, South 1, South 2

A chart showing the variation in hair colors and mottling between the Southern and Northern Spiders. Northern spiders are pretty much just boring black, Southern spiders range from red/brown to purple/gray. Not shown by the chart is how mottling varies as well, which ranges in Southern spiders from the hair pictured above to almost a solid color. The specific markings on the scalp/carapace are different between each individual.

Conner’s mother is Southern and his father Northern, but he only inherited the dominant Northern traits. Thus, boring black hair and pale skin.

Some worldbuilding things for Cele Trei Creaturi…

In the bat tribes, everybody over a certain age has a band displaying their tribe name and personal name. Kids grow up entirely in bat form; when they reach this age they are made a band, given adult privileges, and taught how to take a human form. The age is simply determined by whether or not they have enough hair to hold it. They begin growing an adult mane around puberty, so their banding occurs after they have exited their “teens.”

The band itself is frequently wood, though in exceptionally prosperous tribes it may be metal. The band has a simple charm over it that makes it grow and shrink proportionally to whatever form the owner has taken.

Female bands are different than male bands. Male bands aren’t meant to ever be removed, and the hair it is clamped around isn’t cut. This is because males are expected to stay in one tribe for their whole life, and the only vaguely acceptable reason for leaving is if you plan to fund a new tribe. Females have a hinged band, as they are expected to live in several tribes within their lifetime. When they hop to a new one, they are given a “guest band,” which only has the tribe name, and if they plan to stay longer than a year they may be given a band with their personal name on it. Although the taking of guest bands out of the source tribe is discouraged, many females start a collection.

Because transgenderism is a Thing recognized within the bat tribes, a male who switches tribes frequently is assumed to identify as female. Females who stay in their home tribe for too long are also viewed as potentially male, though the only way to know for sure is if they ask for a permanent band.


more eight nations worldbuilding stuff. the basic concept for Dambel is “precolonial africa/ancient rome/postwar 40’s-50’s american fashion”. originally i was just going to have their clothing be classy 50’s-style suits with, for lack of a better word, “african-y” patterns on it. but i decided that was dumb and it should be more unique and more of a fusion, while still communicating those influences strongly. i also decided to try to make the shape and cut of the clothing for the different nations as unique as possible

so my current idea is that the “suit and tie” part would be communicated via a colorful neckpiece featuring a strongly geometric pattern that would resemble a tie, collar and those neck-flappy things. and then the rest would… well for this I was looking at the clothing that masai people wear. i tried to make this look like a smoother, more tailored version of that. so sort of having material hang in the same way, but looking crisp and buttoned-up and whatnot.

still not sure what to do about sleeves and pants and etcetera. Dambel is the largest nation, with the most powerful military and the most influence on the rest of the world. so its gotta look SNAPPY

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