Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Dream Team: Michael Corleone


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I have been told in the past and in recent days, that I have been an inspiration to the children at school and to other people in general.  I have always found this interesting because I feel that these people and the children inspire me to create art and images instead of the other way around.

One example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters.  It started one year around Christmas when we have our Christmas concert and staff dinner.  Always after the concert, we go out for dinner and we exchange gifts, such as a Chris Kringle.  I wanted to liven things up and instead of giving Christmas cards, I decided to create my own with the staff members as a character from a movie.  The staff members were surprised to say the least and they loved it, with a couple of exceptions on some humorous levels. 

The Godfather (soundtrack)

The Godfather (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next character is modeled after Al Pacino and his portrayal of Michael Corleone from the Godfather movie, released in 1972.  Born into a Sicilian family and fought in the Second World War, Michael is part of a family who is an important group or family in the Italian organized crime faction, aka Mafia, of the 1940s  & 50s.  Michael is the youngest of the three brothers. His father is the head of the organization but ever since his father got shot the power went to his older brother Sonny.  However, because of his father failing health, Sonny’s death and his other brother’s inability to run the family, Michael takes over the family business.  Upon the death of his father, Michael uses military precision to assassinate the other crime family’s leaders, to reign supreme as the sole Don or Godfather. 

If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is me.  I wanted to portray myself in the light of something I believe in.  No not organized crime, but family.   Michael and many of these people see that the ties of blood and family are eternal.   My family, being Maltese (very similar to Sicilian), have these values in common, rang true to me.  This was made more apparent to me that year because a beautiful miracle blessed me.  I became an uncle for the first time to a beautiful niece.  My sister and brother-in-law honored me when they asked if I could be the godfather.  I was thrilled for such an honor and I decided to commemorate the moment with this caricature of myself as the most recognized Godfather. 

 The staff really enjoyed the caricature as part of the final image (you can see that soon). I hope you enjoy my caricature of me as Michael Corleone, The Godfather.  

Staff Caricature: Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

Staff Caricature: Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

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