Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: First Baseman

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

A prime 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 caricature. 

This was the year I went to New York and saw my Beloved Yankees play at Yankee Stadium and then I made a side trip to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.  To say that this trip inspired the caricatures this year would be stating the obvious.  The staff members were expecting something along the lines of the previous years caricatures but were still surprised by the finished product.

The staff loved the cards and caricatures and in the next few weeks I will be posting a few of the characters from the cards because these people inspired me to create these characters.  Hopefully they can inspire others. 

The next caricature is a staff member I have known and worked with for many years and this year I had the extra pleasure of having her as my Chris Kringle.  She is a good friend and was always there to help and support me both at work and after hours.  I took extra time to create her caricature, which I usually do with my Chris Kringle. 

I took extra care to draw her face and it so happens that her body type was very similar to the drawing.  In some ways it is not a caricature but an accurate cartoon of her. 

The fact that she was the first drawing I created for this year’s caricatures, I had to create the uniform using her as a model.  The uniform was something I came up with that was similar to a uniform I wore when I played baseball.  Also the logo “R”, was representative of the final team name.  The series logo at the top of the post and for the series ‘Staff Cartoons’ is the final product logo for the team, “The Rockets.”  I was also hoping that I could use this logo for the school but they had one already. 

Well she was surprised and overwhelmed by the caricature as was the entire staff.  She even commented that it actually looks like her. 

I hope you enjoy the next caricature, ‘First Baseman” from “In A League of Their Own”.

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: First Baseman

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: First Baseman


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