neo steampunk

Female Fronted Goth Bands (+some extra not-so-goth ones)

45 Grave (Horrorpunk, Deathrock, Goth rock)
Alice Moving Under Skies (electrogoth)
All My Faith Lost (neofolk, neoclassical, darkwave, gothic)
All About Eve (goth rock)
Ana Curra (post punk, synthpop, new wave)
Antiworld (deathrock, horror punk, punk rock)
Asrai (goth rock, goth metal)
Asphyxia (ebm, dark electro)
Aural Vampire (electronic, darkwave, industrial, synthpop)
Autumn (goth rock)
Ayria (futurepop, synthpop, electro-industrial)
Aythis (dark ambient, neoclassical, ethereal, gothic)
Belaboris (new wave, post punk)
Belgrado (post punk, deathrock, punk rock)
Bella Lune (darkwave, electronic, synthpop, gothic)
Bestial Mouths (post punk, deathrock, no wave)
Birdeatsbaby (dark cabaret, punk cabaret)
Black Ice (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Black Tape For A Blue Girl (darkwave, ethereal, gothic, dark ambient)
Blood And Roses (post punk, goth rock, deathrock)
Castration Squad (deathrock, punk, horror punk)
Catholic Spit (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Cauda Pavonis (goth rock, glam goth, gothic)
Chiasm (industrial)
Christ vs Warhol (deathrock, post punk)
Cindergarden (darkwave, electronic, synthpop, gothic)
Claire Voyant (indie pop, downtempo)
Closterkeller (goth rock, goth metal)
Cocteau Twins (dream pop, post punk, ethereal)
Collide (darkwave, industrial, gothic, electronic)
Crimson Scarlet (death rock, post punk, goth rock)
Dance Macabre (post punk, goth rock, new wave, deathrock)
Danielle Dax (experimental)
Dark Orange (post punk, gothic, ambient)
Darling Violetta (goth, dark pop)
Dead Souls Rising (darkwave, goth rock)
Deadly Nightshade Botanical Society (steampunk, darkwave, goth)
Devilish Presley (punk rock, goth rock, gothabilly)
Die Laughing (goth rock)
Diva Destruction (darkwave, goth rock)
Dreamgaze (shoegaze, dream pop, gothic, post punk)
Ego Likeness (darkwave, industrial rock)
Elvira And The Bats (deathrock, deathrock revival)
Esben and the Witch (electronic, post punk, indie)
Escarlatina Obsessiva (deathrock, post punk)
Esoterik (darkwave synth)
Ethereum (electro, industrial, gothic)
Eva O (deathrock, punk rock, goth rock)
Faith And Disease (darkwave, goth, deathrock)
Faith And The Muse (darkwave, goth rock)
Fangs On Fur (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Fear Of Dolls (goth rock, post punk)
Fever Ray (electronic, experimental, ambient)
Geisha (finnish 80’s synthpop, post punk)
Ghost Dance (goth rock, post punk)
Gitane Demone (goth rock, deathrock)
Guilty Strangers (post punk, goth, no wave)
Hannah Fury (dark cabaret, ethereal)
Hate In The Box (alternative rock, horror rock, goth)
I:Scintilla (indistrial, electronic, industrial rock)
Inkubus Sukkubus (goth rock, darkwave, pagan rock)
Jack Off Jill (goth rock, punk rock)
Johnny Hollow (electronic, darkwave)
Kanon Wakeshima (neoclassical darkwave, dark ambient, baroque pop)
Kitchen And The Plastic Spoons (post punk, new wave, deathrock)
Kristen Lawrence (halloween carols)
La Peste Negra (deathrock, goth rock)
Lesbian Bed Death (gothic rock)
Light Asylum (post punk, synthpop, darkwave)
Love Spirals Downward (ethereal, ambient, shoegaze, dreampop, darkwave)
Lucyfix (goth rock)
Lydia Lunch (post punk, no wave, spoken word)
Masquerade (post punk, goth rock)
Mechanical Moth (gothic, darkwave, ebm)
Mina Harker (darkwave, gothic, industrial)
Miranda Sex Garden (goth rock, darkwave, ethereal wave)
Mors Syphilitica (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
Naughty Zombies (death rock, horror punk, goth punk, psychobilly)
New Days Delay (deathrock, goth rock, post punk)
Novocaine Mausoleum (deathrock, goth rock)
Ophelia’s Dream (neoclassical, darkwave, ethereal)
Patricia Morrison (punk rock, goth rock, punk blues)
Penis Flytrap (deathrock, horror punk)
Persephone (darkwave, goth, ethereal)
Purple Fog Side (darkwave, electronic, synthgoth)
Qntal (electro medieval, ethereal, gothic)
Quidam (goth, deathrock)
Rasputina (cello rock)
Rats Kill Bats (deathrock, punk, post punk)
RazorBladeKisses (goth rock)
Reliquary (darkwave, goth rock)
Requiem In White (deathrock, goth rock, ethereal)
Rhea’s Obsession (darkwave, ethereal, gothic)
Rita Lynch (goth rock, alternative rock)
Rouge Fonce (dark cabaret. alternative rock)
Rubella Ballet (punk rock, anarcho punk, goth rock)
Rule Of Thirds (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Scarlet’s Remains (deathrock, goth rock)
Scarling (alternative rock)
Scary Bitches (deathrock, goth rock)
Silene (goth rock)
Siouxsie And The Banshees (alternative rock, post punk, goth rock, new wave, punk rock)
Skeletal Family (goth rock)
Sopor Aeternus (neoclassical darkwave, dark folk, neo medieval, goth rock)
Strange Boutique (goth rock)
Strawberry Switchblade (pop rock, new wave)
Subtonix (post punk, deathrock, goth rock)
Sunshine Blind (goth rock, darkwave)
Super Heroines (death rock, goth rock, punk rock)
Swann Danger (goth rock, deathrock, post punk, new wave)
Switchblade Symphony (goth rock, darkwave, alternative rock, symphonic rock)
Tapping The Vein (industrial, goth rock, goth metal)
The Birthday Massacre (synthrock)
The Clockwork Dolls (steampunk, neo victorian, symphonic)
The Creatures (more Siouxsie) (alternative rock, experimental)
The Divine Madness (alternative rock, dance punk, goth rock)
The Eden House (goth rock, darkwave)
The March Violets (post punk)
The Plague (goth, deathrock)
The Readership Hostile (deathrock, pst punk, goth rock)
The Shroud (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
The Spiritual Bat (goth rock)
The Vanishing (deathrock, death disco, electronic)
This Ascension (ethereal, darkwave, goth rock)
This Mortal Coil (dream pop, goth rock, ethereal wave)
Toys Went Berserk (post punk, alternative rock, goth rock)
TyLean (dark cello)
Unter Null (industrial, ebm, dark electro)
Unto Ashes (neofolk, gothic, ethereal, darkwave)
Unwoman (cello, ethereal, gothic, electronic)
Valentine Wolfe (neovictorian)
Vampyre Heart (goth rock, goth metal)
Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes (deathrock, post punk, no wave, synthpunk, avantgarde)
Voodoo Church (deathrock, goth rock)
Xmal Deutschland (Neue Deutsche Welle, goth rock, new wave)
Zadera (deathrock, post punk, goth rock)
Zeitgeist Zero (gothic, alternative, girly goth)

How to create brilliant plots for your story

(Warning: very long post with spoilers and gifs)

Let’s say you have a storyline, but don’t know how to develop it into a full length book, or comic, or screenplay. If so, don’t worry. After five steps, you’ll have a well-developed story in hands. So, stay with me. 

STEP 1: Choose the type

Before starting writing/drawing/filming, it’s really important that you define what type of story you are about to tell. Here are some examples:

- Abusive relationship leading to tragedy (Wuthering Heights, Sakura Gari)

- Revenge for a greater good (V for Vendetta, The Crow)

- Family in times of war (The House of the Spirits, Star Wars)

- Becoming famous (Burlesque, Skip Beat)

- Forgiveness (Prayers for Bobby, The Princess’ Man)

- Good person turning bad (Black Swan, Tokyo Ghouls)

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Define your story with the least amount of words possible. Make it general.

STEP 2: Tie the ends

After defining a type, it’s time to connect beginning to ending. If they are connected, the story becomes a circle. This circle is what you are aiming for and here is why: storytelling is a form of teaching. And teaching must make sense. For example, the Hunger Games teaches us that the weak can overpower the strong (because the main characters take down the oppressive government). Battle Royale teaches us that the weak will never overcome the strong (because the main characters don’t get even close to taking down the oppressive government). So, why do we see more artistic value in Battle Royale than we see in Hunger Games? Because the teaching of Battle Royale is realistic. It’s what we see everyday in the news and history books. It’s about having no control over your own government. It’s about having no real importance in an election. Battle Royale speaks closer to home.  

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This circle is what makes an average story brilliant. 

Based on your type of story, what do you wanna teach? What is the truest thing you can teach?

As a person that never had a great relationship, If I were to write a starcrossed lovers type of story, maybe I would teach people that love scars you for life. That is the truest thing for me right now. This phrase “love scars you for life” already hints me how to end my story. Instead of killing my starcrossed lovers, maybe I could force them to live apart, forever wondering what if (Roman Holiday, Casablanca, Blue is the Warmest Color).   

What do you wanna teach? Make it as personal as possible and prove your own point. Define the ending.

STEP 3: Create basic scenes

You already have a type of story and it’s ending. Now, create scenes that are essential for the narrative to go from point A (beginning) to point B (ending). Without these scenes, you wouldn’t have a story to tell. For example, The Crow. The Crow is the story or Eric Draven, a rockstar, that is killed with his girlfriend by a group of gangsters. He comes back to avenge their death. Eric kills the gang members and returns to his girlfriend’s side in the afterlife. 

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Which scenes are essential for The Crow to happen?

- Eric and his girlfriend (Shelly Webster) die in tragic ways.

- Eric returns from death

- Eric prepares himself for revenge

- Eric encounters the gangsters and kills them one by one

- Eric kills the leader of the gang

- Shelly guides Eric back to death

If you take away any of these scenes, the story will look strange or incomplete. Take away the tragic death, and the revenge makes no sense. Take away the preparation time, and the story will look rushed. Take away Shelly guiding him back to death, and the journey will look like it was all for nothing.

Write down five to eight scenes that MUST happen.

STEP 4: Fill the gaps

Each basic scene will leave you with blank spaces to complete. For example, Eric and Shelly die in tragic ways, but how were they before death? How was life before that? Did they live together? Or shared great memories? Did they indeed loved each other?  Were they happy? And how their deaths will change the world? How friends will react? What will happen to their house and belongings after they are gone?

You see, each basic scene requires other less essential scenes, but not less important. Filling these gaps is what make a plot consistent.

In The Crow, all questions I mentioned are answered. Eric and Shelly were about to get married, they lived in a rooftop apartment with a cat. They had a local kid as friend (this kid is left devastated). Most of their things had been sold, including Shelly’s engagement ring (that Eric retrieves amid killing gangsters).

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Make as many questions for each basic scene as possible, and answer them all. Secondary scenes will be shown to you like magic. They will make total sense, not just random plots thrown there to make the narrative exciting, but important information about the journey.

Choose your favorite secondary scenes and place them among basic ones.

STEP 5: Details and symbolism

Once you’ve finished choosing the scenes, it’s time to add color and shading to your project. And by that I mean details and symbolism. Think of locations, clothing, way of speaking, culture, background… the whole aesthetic. Detail is what makes a story immersive.

There are many “aesthetic packs” you can choose from, for example, steampunk, cyberpunk, neo-noir, urban, wuxia, retro, victorian, dieselpunk, biopunk, utopic, eroded, bohemian, mystical, gothic, but you can create your own atmosphere as well.

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Finally, symbolism.

Not at all necessary, but a great complement for most stories. In Naruto realm, Naruto and his friend/rival Sasuke represents yin-yang. Naruto is the sun. Sasuke is the moon. When there are too far apart, the world around them goes into chaos. When they are close, there’s peace.

Being sun and moon, they also represent the light and the darkness, with Naruto promoting peace, and Sasuke promoting chaos.

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Another highly symbolic story is Life is Strange, in which Chloe represents a butterfly and Max represents a doe. These animals appear every time something important is about to happen.

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Tokyo Ghouls is also full of symbolism, associating characters with tarot cards (like Juuzou representing the Death card), and important scenes with flowers (like red spider lily representing Kaneki’s torture and birth as a ghoul).

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If it fits the context, associate your characters and/or scenes to nature, ideas or cultural aspects.

So, putting it simple, we have:

Step 1: Choose a type of story

Step 2: Define the ending based on your point of view

Step 3: List basic scenes that can’t be eliminated

Step 4: Create secondary scenes related to the basic ones

Step 5: Add an aesthetic to your world and apply symbolism if needed.

I really hope it will help you somehow. Any questions, just message me. :D

“You’ve gotta clean the stone first.”

Excuse me, I know what I’m doing. I’m the one that almost became an engineer in this room.”

Cabbie/illegal tinker Mark and newspaper boy with a part-time job Jack. If you’ve seen the old steampunk sketch of these two I did a loooooong time ago, you know what I’m up to. 

I actually don’t even know if this is steampunk. this is more like neo-steampunk, or a bad mix of sci-fi and victorian fashion. 

Bonus process GIF, even though almost nothing have changed since the last one: 

The gorgeous Kitty Krell kittykrell​ wearing Fogg Couture foggcouture by Mistress Fogg.

Black corset by Kitty Krell

Photography by Rick Escalante Photography

Makeup: Francesca Nichole
Hair: part Kitty, part both of our team.

For the black vixen skirt check out my etsy!