James Ng

James Ng (pronounced Ing) was born in Hong Kong, where he spent most of his childhood drawing monsters and robots, making his own elaborate cardboard toys, and playing soccer. Ever since, he has been on the move between Hong Kong, Vancouver, Chicago and New York. His travels have greatly influenced him, allowing him to combine Eastern and Western cultures in his artwork.

Currently, James is enjoying the freedom of being a freelance concept artist and illustrator. After a sunny summer in Vancouver, and travelling to London, and then to New York for an award show and exhibition, he is back in his home of Hong Kong to continue his career. 

We asked James a few questions – you can see his answers below:

WWW: http://www.JamesNgArt.com
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When did you first get into Steampunk?

I started the series Imperial Steam and Light in 2008. I actually did not know the term “steampunk” until posting my series online. The series is based on an alternative history thesis I wrote; the idea was what technology would look like if modernization was not affected by western culture, but lead by the local design and engineers with different cultural backgrounds. The artwork were a way to answer my thesis. When I posted the work online, people kept calling it Chinese steampunk, and I googled the term and fell in love with what I saw.

What was the first commercial piece you made? (as a print)

The first print was the Imperial Airship, done the week before my graduation from New York School of Visual Arts. It was amazing to me that someone wanted a copy, I only did the piece for my own amusement and practice, but the airship has now become a staple of my series.

Who inspired / inspires you?

Besides my immense interest in history, one artist really inspired me. It might sound really cliché, but Da Vinci is someone I really admire, not only for his masterful technique in art, but for his thirst for knowledge and quest for self improvement. He is well versed in so many fields, and a pioneer in not only the arts. He was a skilled mathematician, engineer, scientist and physicist. Some of his private studies of the human body were later found to be 200years before it’s time! Part of the reason I got so into history was because I was inspired by Da Vinci’s motivation to learn and it turned out to be a defining moment in my art career.

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Greg Bridges – Digital Artist

Today we are going to be interviewing Greg Bridges, who is a digital artist – and has some very popular steampunk pictures for sale, and on show.

Greg, what got you into drawing / digital art?

I was drawing and painting from an early age , possibly more than most, as I was diagnosed with a rare bone disease when I was five years old. I was not able to participate in sporting activity for three years. My mother who was artistic, was a big fan of Gainsborough , Constable and Turner. She talked about their work and discussed the techniques and colours with me often. She encouraged my creative drawing and painting activities at the time in place of physical activities. In primary school my work was selected to tour the UK as some of the best examples of Australian children’s art.  Later in my teens I was inspired by the cities in science fiction movies and books. In my final years in school I was introduced to the surrealists , in particular the work of Dali, and Magritt.  I think these artists had the most influence on my work. Inspiring the final school year art works, that  achieved the top ten highest marks in the State. After I left school, I had several one man exhibitions, and founded a successful graphic design business in the 70’s.   But it wasn’t until the early 80’s that I started illustrating, mainly cover art for publishers in New York, like Avon, Harper Collins and Simon and Schuster.  After doing it by hand for almost 20 years I realised that working digitally was going to save time and eliminate mixing paint. The first Digital work I did was Ice Castles in Sight in 2003

How old were you when you made your first digital picture?

The first digital art I did was in 2003.

Have you always enjoyed steampunk – or is this a new thing for you?

I’ve always enjoyed it but never set out to create ‘steam punk”  as I didn’t realise what it was until about ten years ago. Even when I look back on some of my early works from the early 70’s like Air Trimaran I can see the steam punk look, but was not aware at the time. It just my own style that I had developed autonomously. There was no internet at the time and no books or movies that were steam punk that could have inspired me. Continue reading “Greg Bridges – Digital Artist” »

Alice Louise – Forage And Find

Mother Elainer and Daughter Alice from Hampshire, UK teamed up to take Steampunk to the next level with their imaginative creations and painstaking attention to details.

Back in 2011 the duo found a bag of old 1930’s-1960’s watch parts in their garage, given to Elaine back in the 1980’s when she used to run a craft shop.
They thought the parts were too unusual and beautiful to be hidden in the garage and started creating jewelry from them.

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Absynthe Design – Abhisek

Below is a short article, based on questions asked to Abhisek, regarding his life as a Steampunk artist.

#1. How old were you, when you started creating traditional artisan crafts?

I am a student of fashion design and as a part of our curriculum we had to do 3 months projects  on traditional crafts of different parts of our  country in order to apply them into our design. So, I started pretty early working with traditional artisan crafts. But, Steampunk art is pretty recent for me. I started it about 3-4years back.

#2. What inspired you to start doing crafts?

I always loved to create with my own hands. The joy of giving shape to your own ideas is unmatchable. The desire of shaping and creating something inspired me to start crafting my own designs.

#3. What type of materials do you use? Such as, clothes, clay, paints, plastics, metals and etc.?

I love to explore and try new  materials all the time. I don’t let myself to be limited by choice of material. I am always learning and acquiring new skills to work with new materials. But mainly I work with wood, metal, resins, paper, stones and rocks etc. But, all the materials I use are recycled or re-purposed. I do my best to be ecologically responsible through my creations.

#4. Do you have a specific place you do your crafts?

I started on my dining table, actually. It went on like that for a longtime. Now, I have a small studio/workshop/laboratory where all the magic happens.

#5. How long does it take you to do a typical piece?

Depends on the piece. A piece of jewelry may take anything form a few hours to a few weeks. USB drives take a few days. My Nintendo Gameboys take a month or more. Pens take a couple of weeks.

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Datamancer

The story of Dprofileatamancer Enterprises begins in a cramped, one-car garage in New Jersey, where a talented young artist by the name of Richard R. Nagy began combining his interests in art, antique restoration, electronics and computers by fabricating strange and wonderful “retro-Victorian”-themed computers and peripherals. Eventually, the internet took notice and his work started to appear in publications and on websites around the globe. He began selling commissioned artwork and a few years later decided to turn his hobby into a business, moving his operation to a modest workshop in southern California. Several years and many happy customers later, Datamancer.com was created as a sales portal for his interesting hand-made creations.

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Pieces of his work could be seen in “Warehouse 13” – this is the exact keyboard model featured on Artie’s desk.

Although things were not always easy – eventually he started getting more and more sales, and commission works. His attention to detail was amazing.

His pieces have always had a real presence in the steampunk community – since it came around in the early 2000’s.

Unfortunately, this talented young man’s life was taken far too early – back in November 2013, after a tragic car accident. You can find a fitting tribute to Richard here:

https://airshipambassador.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/richard-nagy/

However, his work live on! Datamancer’s company has carried on, and you can still get these great pieces of art from them. As per their site:

Welcome to Datamancer.com. We are a small group of artisans and fabricators building unique pieces of “functional art”, combining the technology of today with the beauty and hand-craftsmanship of yesterday. In a world of disposability and uniformity, we build “modern heirlooms”. All of the items you see here are made-to-order, so come on in and commission a piece of functional art for yourself!

Did you know Richard? Do you own any of his pieces? We would love to hear from you!

Below are some of the pieces he created: