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Steampunk Motherboard by DerekProspero Steampunk Motherboard by DerekProspero
A follow-up project to the Geek Motherboard [link], this was definitely a tougher project for me and for several reasons. For one, I was no longer constrained to the relatively flat depth and streamlined geometry of a modern motherboard. I knew this piece had to look much older and the research was extensive. Steampunk has a pretty broad definition and I wanted to avoid just slapping a bunch of gears together. In the Victorian-era, technology was often celebrated with lots of ornamental accents. My main objective was a design that seemed mechanically plausible, full of specific details and mysterious purpose. Project included thousands of layers, and a 3GB final composite Photoshop file at 7200 x 5400 pixels.

- Download Resolutions & Works-in-Progress: [link]
- GelaSkins Merchandise: [link]

Thanks everyone!
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Steampunk Motherboard by *derekprospero ( Suggested by VimalaFaith and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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robinlmorgan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I love this art! Thank you for your detailed description of its creation. I can see not only mechanical elements, but ornaments, decorations, and exquisite textures. I'll never be able to do anything like this, but I will try to do smaller elements, andmaybe later try to tie them together. You're an inspiration!
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JurgeJurge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Interface Designer
wow, this is amazing, I really apprciate how gruling (rewarding grule nonetheless) this must have been. So much detail, I read a comment where you said you did the majority of this from scratch. I was wondering which bits were photo? and how did you do the green liquid vats I love those.
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
exquisite
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ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
would love to see this built as an actual shell for a laptop 
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greyhndz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Wow! Wow! Wow! (sorry I'm speechless and can't come up with anything more original Clap .

This is truly spectacular!
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bmbng Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for used this [link]
Thank you!!!
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INNXX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Beautiful work..congrats. Featured here.. [link] Thank you.
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DrawtoonzStudio Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
How did you make the art itself? Is it CGI, or did you color/draw it in Photoshop? (Because that would be AMAZING if you did...)
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DerekProspero Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
It's all 90% scratch in Photoshop, some stock photo assets were added in. And thank you!

Check out the work in progress in the notes.
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johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Featured [link] :)
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sed Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Some serious "LEVELS" changing on this would make it not so foggy! Just fixed it for my personnal screen-- looking good! :iconofficialfella1plz:
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DerekProspero Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Some people like to see the serious "details", some people prefer blown-out high contrast so that it destroys the image "pops." I do sometimes take for granted the extremely high quality of my display, so please feel welcome to adjust the work accordingly so it looks good on yours.

Also, it's steamy, not foggy.
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sed Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I was hoping you were not offended----------- It REALLY looks good on my screen! :iconmotherofgod-plz:
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:iconderekprospero:
DerekProspero Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
No offense taken. Many thanks for visiting.
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sed Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
:iconwowplz: This is superbe!
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cristi-constantin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow wow wow !
I would like to see this into reality ...
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madgirlsrock723 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is spectacular, a well deserved DD :clap: congratz :hug:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Such a great mix of patinas you have here! As someone who has been inside machines learning about old Pipe organs and piano innards, I LOVE the pipes and wires detailing!
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Aspigram Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has to be viewed in full view detail is magnificent.
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SpiffsHexapodS Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Divine, totally divine.
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aDutchBoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful! I love the fact that you did everything extensively, like researching the whole thing and just adding lots of detail over and over again.
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cuber Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
the level of details is brutal. I cannot stop watching image :)
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconcongratsontheddplz::iconcongratsonthedd2plz:

This is just amazing. The details are astounding, as if every "cell" of leather was painted individually, and the symmetry is very good, but not perfect- which captures the Steampunk Theme well (capturing a time when nothing was perfectly placed). The color palette is not totally "brownish", yet it captures that rust like, gear turning feel perfectly. The textures add to how realistic it looks.

Keep being awesome, and have a nice day! :heart:
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Reality-Glitch Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
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Karinta Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Extremely ingenious and detailed. I applaud you. :-)
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's awesome!
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froggycomics Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
awesome work i love steampunk art
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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CrowFairy Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it.
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ginger-roots Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep finding myself being drawn to this piece's detail. I'm continually impressed. It's use of asymmetry within the symmetry coupled with the fine detail make this work quite believable. But on top of it all, I think that the leather texture really sets the whole thing off. Your research paid off.
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carbhael Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I believe that is one of seven made by Charles Babbage's gardener; I know about them because my aunt found one in the attic and it still fired up after all this time. Very nice realistic feel despite the imagination gone wild...
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SneakySully Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Photographer
Had a nerd moment for a second when I saw this
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
The texture, the intricacy, and the lighting really gives an H.R. Giger feel to this artwork. The age and the weight and the patina and the sense of pure mechanism presented here, thrills me.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
:heart: Congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Oddboy7 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Gratz on the DD!! A very cool piece! Kudos!
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VishnuOfVideogames Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
The unholy deep.

This is like crap from the 1800's except they used skin.
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:iconzaeic:
Zaeic Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
It's...It's beautiful! :wow:
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rodophita Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
w-waht, that's a nice picture

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it's a drawing?
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what is this sorcery

i can't
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PhoenixDestruction Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
This is an excellent feature :w00t: Please keep up the fantastic work!
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Tashark Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
oh...great work =)
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:iconmariano-petitdemurat:
Mariano-PetitDeMurat Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Marvelous artwork. Love it.
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sevenxlives Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I find extremely fascinating. =3
brilliant detail.
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TheWanderer2030 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nicely done :D congrats on the dd.
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:iconphotopathica:
Photopathica Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   General Artist
loveitloveitloveit :D
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MLovesPorn Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Makes me think of the Bioshock games! (To clarify: I don't mean to suggest this is in any way derivative. Bioshock just has a very similar steampunk/decopunk style.)
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Loving all the textures!
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thearlin Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so niice
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning work. Congrats on the DD
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tirzacantfail Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
This is crazy! I love it :D
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