Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Pitcher

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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 and last caricature, if you haven’t guessed, is yours truly.  Out of the entire staff I am the only person who actually understands baseball.  Therefore it is natural that I would make myself the pitcher of the team.  Most of the time it is the back catcher that directs things on the field but the pitcher also does it. 

I created a figure similar to the other male caricature but I wanted to make him look a lot different.  I have broader shoulders and a bigger chest I wish my waist was the size I drew it but eventually I did achieve that goal.  I made the caricature more athletic than the others. 

As with the other male caricature, I did not use the figure 8 for the body shape, but more of a wider chest based on a trapezoid shape and a square mid section.  The arms and legs were more muscular than the others.  The major differences are the eyes and facial hair.  Instead of the oval eyes I used the outline of the glasses.  Of the entire staff I am the only one with eyeglasses so I used it in the caricature.  The other difference is the facial hair.  At the time I hade none but there are times when I would have a day or two growth on my face.  So I just shaded in the area of the beard. 

With the other male figure, I drew him more youthful looking; yet with my caricature I wanted to show a more mature character.  The glasses and scruff accomplished that. 

When I presented the staff their Christmas cards, they only had their own caricature and to be honest there was no need for me to draw myself.  However I also drew a final group picture with all the staff caricatures, so I had to include myself.  Next week I will show you the final product. 

I hope you enjoy the caricature of the, ‘Pitcher’ from “In A League of Their Own”.

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Pitcher

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Pitcher


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