Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 08


Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. Many people have told me that I inspire the children and people in general with what I do. Whether creating art, playing baseball or trying to improve my life people say that I have inspired others to try new things and look inside themselves. I have always found this interesting because I get my inspiration from these very people. Whether it be a child asking me about Mythology or adults asking me about their children or even just talking to people about anything, they have inspire me to create and use my imagination to bring the impossible possible.

A prime example is when I draw the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures. 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well 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 spur imagination and inspire others.

 The Eighth Female Pirate

The next caricature is another staff member I have known since I started at the school. I have worked with her for many years and she is a great person to talk to with a great personality. She is someone you can trust and I have used her as a sounding board for ideas with curriculum and personal issues in my life. She is always someone who will speak her mind and I appreciate this in her. I wanted to show her feminine side as well as being a formidable woman, but how to do this?    

She is known for different hairstyles so I began with this. I wanted her hair to be short with a lot of curls.   The hat is a simple design coupled with the hair, it was able to frame her face wonderfully. I them gave her a traditional pirate costume but I made sure to show a lot of skin on the shoulders and cleavage. The sword was my way of showing her tough side. We all know not to mess with her. I gave her a grey colouring with sexy legs and calf high boots and her caricature came to life.

This caricature was not that riské, but I think it showed enough of a wild side in her character. She and the other staff enjoyed it and I hope you too will enjoy the eighth pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate   08

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 08



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