I was looking through the article database the other day and saw early in the site’s history that a poll was being held on the topic of which kind of visual style people preferred the most out of their cyberpunk. Got to thinking about it and I came to realize that one of the things that I love so much about cyberpunk is just that–it’s not strictly defined by a single kind of visual or storytelling style. There’s this diverse array of imagery that each new creator brings to the table, constantly keeping things fresh and interesting but still managing to keep the punk ideology behind it strong. This is what makes it such a hard culture to kill–somehow, some way, someone’s always going to be making a cyberpunk story, whether or not they know it.
That said, here are the main styles I can think of (and of course, there’s a lot of overlap, as the visuals are mostly passed down from Blade Runner and Neuromancer):
The classic: Blade Runner-esque pseudo-futurism (neon expressionism?)
Clean, sleek, and cold:
’80s/’90s retro (cablepunk? Should we even dignify that term with its use?):
Dark and industrial:
What about you guys? Any styles you prefer? Any that you’d like to spotlight?
Just noticed the above images don’t have captions attached to them. For reference, these are what they belong to:
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Photo of a real place in Tokyo by this guy
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Synthwave Akira (so kind of a toofer)
Cyber City Oedo 808
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
EYE: Divine Cybermancy
The Last Night
A Josan Gonzales original
That picture of Molly and Case is super awesome lol
where did you get it? Is that just fan art?
Read some rumors recently that said the quest for production of the film continues…
You’ll have to ask Rogellio Garcia, I saw it in his article on Neuromancer: http://www.neondystopia.com/cyberpunk-movies-anime/neuromancer-counterpoint-to-1980s-popular-culture/
I don’t know if I’d want a Neuromancer movie though, since if it got mainstream attention they’d probably attempt to modernize it, and that might rob it of some of the magic. But I suppose only time will tell
The Neuromancer picture is by Juan Gimenez, pretty famous for his work with Heavy Metal and titles like the Metabarons.
There is still talk of development of a Neuromancer movie, with Tim Miller of Deadpool attached at the moment.
I agree with Shadowlink, one of the things that makes cyberpunk great is its diversity. Cyberpunk is fluid; it evolves as the present changes and future potentialities shift. Cyberpunk art styles definitely reflect this.
is nier automata really cyberpunk? I love the game but wouldn’t call it that.
I suppose you’re right. I just really thought that sort of medieval imagery married to futurism was really befitting of what I was going for, and the examples are a bit sparse.