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Steam Powered Warfare by Sakalah Steam Powered Warfare by Sakalah
"Colonel Walter was shocked
when he learned from the Nile
Copper African elephants turning hostile
So he built these wonderful automaton blokes
And a very big steam powered giraffe what smokes"

- Brass Goggles


Until this point in my life it was extremely unusual for me to make fan art. But now I've found a good reason. This is a humble tribute to a very special musical pantomime troupe which has hijacked my heart and mind since I first heard of them in July 2012. I simply love them to bits.

They are Steam Powered Giraffe, a vaudeville/folk rock influenced band consisting of three antique automatons and three humans.
The history of the robots goes back to 1896 when they were built by Colonel Peter A. Walter who programmed them to sing and perform music with the ambition to impress and win the heart of Delilah Moreau, a fellow Cavalcadian chemist.
But things went horribly wrong. After a series of unfortunate events (involving a destroyed friendship and heartache) the peaceful automatons had to gear up and play the grim role as war machines.
To find out what happened; read the touching story about love, burning rivalry, remarkable discoveries and grinding gears:
Backstory Page
Giraffe vs. Elephant by BunnyBennett
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Find out more about this remarkable group by going here: Youtube Channel | Official website | Tumblr page | Collection of videos worth seeing

Made in old Photoshop 7.0 | Wacom Bamboo A6 tablet.
All characters © Steam Powered Giraffe LLC
:megaphone: Rebloggable on Tumblr
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:icongatman720:
Gatman720 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks kinda metal.

(And yes pun intended)
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:iconmegaazornumbers09:
MegaAzornumbers09 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Spine still looks so handsome xD
But damn dude this is freaking amazing
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:iconrentham:
Rentham Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014   Digital Artist
WOW o____o
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:icongracefulwitch:
GracefulWitch Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so epic! It'd be awesome as a print too. Love it. :3
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:iconcolcoction:
Colcoction Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
That is... So. Cool. Like, there's too much to even describe. Wow.
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:iconjitterbuglovlie:
JitterBugLovlie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This is just insanely cool. I can't even.
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:iconjawyaw:
JawYaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If this isn't badass, I don't know what is! Super cool details and perspective! The band really should see this (if they haven't already). :D
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:iconkayanne21:
kayanne21 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That giraffe is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen in my entire life.
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:iconansa88:
Ansa88 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh my gods.
this is amazing.

and i love you so much.
i love rabbit's expression of him going O>O as the spine shoots out electricity and neither look happy to be there and it's just so perfect because war is so ugly and you translate that so well and it's beautiful. :3 
just all the mechanical details on this, it's beautiful.
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:iconazoresangel:
Azoresangel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Rabbit scares me! :iconscaredplz: BUT I STILL LOVE HIM!!!

 

I love this whole picture! You are just so amazing!!! NO YOU ARE PERFECT!!! :iconbowplz:

 

And is that The Jon I spy on the Giraffes neck?

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:iconkaven-oxford:
Kaven-Oxford Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
.......c-can I just...? *starts feverishly throwing money at the screen* TAKE IT! JUST...JUST FRIGGIN" TAKE IT!!!! Too...much...amazing!!! HOW!? HOW DO YOU TOP THIS!? Y-YOU Can't! Ya just can't! Friggin'...gad...*sits down from exhaustion*...just...just keep doing what you're doing. You clearly have excellent taste from your choice of music so just...*starts walking away*...damn...nice to have my faith in humanity restored every once in a while...A+++++++++++
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:icondogartcomics:
DogartComics Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you are literally perfect
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:iconeiraina:
Eiraina Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@_@
i am flabbergasted... this is so epically amazing, that I hardly have the words for it! excellent job, my friend!
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:iconshecriedcrimson:
SheCriedCrimson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, I didn't think this was fan-art! :iconrlytearplz:
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:iconmadkat1012:
Madkat1012 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO AMAZING
I CANT EVEN
WOAH.
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:iconchangelingbychoice11:
Impressively rendered! So cool!
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:iconcartoonist-in-theory:
Cartoonist-in-Theory Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh wow, this is really great! They look awesome!
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:icondoko-latte:
Doko-Latte Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is so awesome sawb
Everything is so detailed~
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:iconcynicallia:
cynicallia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Best fanart ever, of anything, ever.
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:iconk-a-m-a-r-i-a:
k-a-m-a-r-i-a Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Qajsdfg. No words. Just love. <3
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:iconmarquise:
Marquise Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   General Artist
Oh YEAH!! ^^

As long it is merely a robot war!
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:iconzombiesandunicorns:
zombiesandunicorns Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student
This is lovely, I'm planning on doing something like this for my Painting final. Excellent work. C:
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:iconelphieofkiamoko:
elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh, this is amazing. O_O
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:icondarkangeljoya90:
darkangeljoya90 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jaw dropping
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Teapot-Mysteries Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
HELLO FROM :iconmoviecuties: #MovieCuties YOU'VE BEEN FEATURED HERE [link]

Please drop by and fav the feature... and why not join the group :)
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Decadent-Depraved Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Writer
This is an amazing picture. When I first saw it, I thought it was a piece of transformers fan art. Very well done.
Also, isn't it a little odd to look at this while having one of their lighter songs like "Me and My Baby" or "Sound of Tomorrow" in your head? It's just so funny to think of the mechanical jesters as ever having been war machines.
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:iconblood-dancer:
Blood-Dancer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
...I dunno if I trust the john with a gun......
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:iconratherpeculiar:
RatherPeculiar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Men hjälp!?
Kan inte sluta titta på den, helt fantastisk!
Du, min vän, är extremt begåvad.
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:iconterminal-nostalgia:
terminal-nostalgia Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. Is amazing. Seriously brilliant. You've captured their wartime badassness perfectly!
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:iconcandy-behemoth:
candy-behemoth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Words cannot convey how amazing I find this piece<3 wonderful job!
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:iconfadinginthedark:
fadinginthedark Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All I can say is WOW. You deserve a medal or something. This is awesome!
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:iconmarvelousmanga:
MarvelousManga Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beyond cool! Amazing work!
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:iconzodiac-bones:
Zodiac-Bones Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012   Traditional Artist
This just mind blowing! So much detail and personality captured!
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:icongive-me-20-dollars:
Give-Me-20-Dollars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
It is so creepy how rabbit looks like shes smiling
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:iconwowgypsy:
wowgypsy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I love how you've kept them to the comic designs and made them more epic than I could have ever hoped for :)
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:iconshaiyeh:
Shaiyeh Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
inte säker på hur jag lyckades glömma att favva den .__. anyway
SUSANN JAG SAKNAR DIG ;_______; <33
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:iconseekerpsycho:
SeekerPsycho Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
someone must turn this into a short film or something, this is utterly stunning.
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:iconillusionation:
Illusionation Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Holy WOW this is gorgeous. The detail is amazing, and I love love love the dramatic angle. Absolutely spectacular!
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:iconrabbioctopus:
Rabbioctopus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what program you used?
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:iconhoshiko-demon:
Hoshiko-demon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg this is amazing....
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:iconnuit-luna:
Nuit-Luna Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy cats, this is amazing!!
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DeathByCelloCase Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sajfouweaiae
This is utterly amazing oh my Lord! I love it so much. Perfect.
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:iconwarrioratheart:
Warrioratheart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want this on my wall, framed, forever.
Honest to god this is the most amazing piece of fanart I have ever seen for this band. Bravo!
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:iconamuseoffirebane:
AMuseOfFirebane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
/STANDS UP AND SALUTES
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:iconswisidniak:
swisidniak Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so gorgeous. I want to fave this again. and again.

...I especially how you even gave Rabbit his sassy hips. <3
xD
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:iconarielthevampire:
ArielTheVampire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Oh goodness, this is amazing! I love it when there's new fanart of the bots before all of their upgrades.
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:iconshaiyeh:
Shaiyeh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uu-iii you are fantastic!! :D I love this piece of work, buttt you already know that ;D
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:iconfurcart:
FurcArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah :iconnosebleedplz:
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:iconvisdviking:
visdviking Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Gorgeous work! I love the whole composition and all the details! So epic!
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:iconcopperavi:
Copperavi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning piece!
I agree, I love to see their war designs. <3
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