Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Second 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 only known and worked with for a few years but was a good friend non-the-less.  Sometimes being the only male at a place can be a little lonely, but having another guy helps.  There are people how I work with and others I consider a friend, this person was both.

When drawing this caricature, for obvious reasons, I could not draw him like the others.  But I wanted to show his youth but not make it too masculine.  The uniform was the same like the women’s, yet I had differences with the shirt. 

In drawing a female I would use a figure 8 for the body and made the legs curvy.  Yet with a male caricature I made the shoulders larger and had a square stomach and waist.  The face was another major differences especially the eyes.  With the women I used oval eyes that came to a point on either end of the eye, however with a male I made them more oval and without eyelashes.  The eyebrows were also larger and the mouth was a simple line without lips.

In the end I created him very youthful and he looked like a regular baseball player.  He enjoyed the caricature very much and even though he was more into soccer.  He said I made him look like a really ball player.

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

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

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



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