This illustration really touched my mind. I immediately associated it with "Space Age Love Song", "Transfer Affection" and "I Ran" Which of course are songs about falling in love with an alien (kind of) [link][link][link]
I see it not so much as an Automaton, but that he figured out how to place himself in a more upright form, so its a truer steampunk, in that the "cephalopod" is actually quite a bit smarter and built himself a chasis with which to follow this gorgeous woman onto land, and to court her with. Or what have you.
No matter how slimey or underwater you can be, I will always love your hands groping my long dress. KISS ME YOU FOOL. Oh I'm stupid. The womans dress is absolutely stunning, and the small patch at the bottom underneath is a nice touch. Mr.Octopus is fairly handsome. All green and whatnot
This is one of those moments when I go "Why didn't I think of that?!" I think you truly achieved something new rendering this old fairytale: the idea is so simple yet it has that wonderful twist in it!