"Steam-what?", I hear you say.
In Wikipedia's words: "Steampunk refers to a sub-genre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery."
Think of a world set in Victorian England or the Wild West with inspiration from Jules Verne's books and similar stories come to life.
This particular convention is the only one of its kind in Luxembourg and has been taking place at Fond-de-Gras for a few years now.
It is the perfect location, as it has traces of the country's mining past and an old steam-powered train is put back in service for the occasion.
|Tophats, goggles, feathered hats and metal wings|
|Batman joined the fun|
As we sat at one of the tables eating delicious scones with jam and clotted cream, I had my pick of subjects. As always, I used my stealth technique at first, but people looked so interesting that I really wanted to be able to have a more direct approach to my subject.
|Looked just like a lady waiting for her tea in a 19th century London tea room|
Luckily, we had very friendly table companions and I asked a gentleman if he minded my making his portrait. He kindly obliged and I must say he was a very patient model.
His name is John Blacksteam and he is one of the founders of the steampunk community in Switzerland. I'm not sure whether it is his real name or a stage name, but it suits him.
|He had a very interesting face, complemented by a surprising hat|
It sure is fun sketching people in steampunk fashion. It almost feels like stepping back in time.