Art Styles in Cyberpunk

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      shadowlink
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      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?)
      Altered Carbon
      GitS 2017
      Shadowrun: Hong Kong

      Clean, sleek, and cold:
      Tron: Legacy
      Cyberpunk 2077
      Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
      Something I just kinda found
      Ghost in the Shell (1995)

      ’80s/’90s retro (cablepunk? Should we even dignify that term with its use?):
      Akira fan art
      Neon Chrome
      Cyber City Oedo 808
      Observer
      Neuromancer

      Deceptively bright:
      Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
      Frozen Synapse
      Tokyo 42
      Ghost in the Shell: Arise

      Cyber-noir:
      Metropolis (2001)
      Anon
      Inception
      Blade Runner (of course)

      Dark and industrial:
      Blame!
      Blade Runner
      Oni
      Max Headroom

      Earth-that-was:
      Dredd
      Max Headroom
      Elysium

      Archaic future:
      EYE: Divine Cybermancy
      Ergo Proxy
      Nier: Automata

      Sensory overload:
      The Last Night
      A Josan Gonzalez original
      Furi

      What about you guys? Any styles you prefer? Any that you’d like to spotlight?

      • This topic was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by shadowlink.
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    • #100001064 Reply
      shadowlink
      Keymaster

      Just noticed the above images don’t have captions attached to them. For reference, these are what they belong to:

      Altered Carbon
      GitS 2017
      Shadowrun: Hong Kong

      Tron: Legacy
      Cyberpunk 2077
      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)
      Neon Chrome
      Cyber City Oedo 808
      Observer
      Neuromancer

      Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
      Frozen Synapse
      Tokyo 42
      Ghost in the Shell: Arise

      Metropolis (anime)
      Anon
      Inception
      Blade Runner

      Blame!
      Blade Runner
      Oni
      Max Headroom

      Dredd
      Max Headroom
      Elysium

      EYE: Divine Cybermancy
      Ergo Proxy
      Nier: Automata

      The Last Night
      A Josan Gonzales original
      Furi

    • #100001069 Reply
      Julian
      Participant

      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…

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      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.

    • #100001836 Reply
      Cousins
      Guest

      is nier automata really cyberpunk? I love the game but wouldn’t call it that.

      • #100002175 Reply
        shadowlink
        Keymaster

        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.

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