Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Final Image


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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. 

When I presented the caricatures to the staff as their Christmas cards they all loved their own.  Yet I wanted them to have an extra picture of the entire staff.  With the previous year, I simply placed the caricatures together as a group but this year I wanted to create a team picture as it were.  I wanted something that you that might look like a team photo in a stadium.

Placing them together was fairly simple; I just had to make sure I got the heights of the people just right.  After I placed a crowd in the background, in the bleachers.  The difficult part was creating a team logo.

I have some experience in creating logos with my graphic design background but it is a time-consuming process.  I came up with the Rockets idea because our school’s name begins with the letter R.  I thought of a rocket going around a ringed planet like Saturn and then added a rocket blasting around it.  I designed the rocket in the style from the early science fiction books of the 1950s.  You can have a better look at, I used it as the logo for the Staff Cartoons section of the blog. 

I finally needed a name for the piece and the first thing that came to mind was the movie, A League of Their Own where they retold the true story of a baseball league with only women in the 1940’s.  So I used a parity calling the final piece, In A League of Their Own.   

Well they where all happy with the caricature of themselves and the card, but this was what brought it over the top.  They all loved it and to be honest, I had fun creating it. I have a copy framed and hanging in my home and I smile every time I walk by it. 

I hope you enjoy the final version and the journey it took to create, “In A League of Their Own”.

 

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Final

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Final

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