I like steam punk, but I do feel like its getting to be really dull right now. I kinda hate the idea of Gothic steam punk because I feel like that's a mix of two horrendously played out ideas to make something totally boring and predictable. (while I'm at it: 'dark' twists on fairy-tales/childhood stories can fuck right fucking off.)
So uh, my vote would be... DEISELPUNK!
The first time I heard about deiselpunk I was intrigued. There's basically not much artwork to represent it, but slam steampunk and cyberpunk together and meet them somewhere in the the middle. I would think of it as if cyberpunk was SET in the 50's-80's rather than written in the 80's.
Think heavy post industrial stuff. Main visual themes would be lots of iron and large buildings that borrow the materials from steam punk and the looks from cyberpunk, retro computer systems exaggerated in the same way that steam punk exaggerates pneumatic mail tubes and stuff.
Alot of the stuff I'm posting fly's for some reason because the three main sources of inspiration I can find are:
>The Mortal Engines books, about giant cities on tank tracks that crawl across the wasteland eating each other. (think howls moving city
). and airships.
>Ian Mcque, a fantastic concept artist whose stuff you will have seen:http://mcqueconcept.blogspot.com/
>Theo Prins, as above. He paints giant floating tanker ships and busy ports in the sky.
These images don't necessarily constitute a mood board, the more explain the theme.