Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate Crew 01


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.

 Male Pirate 01

The next caricature is of the only other male teacher on staff, beside myself. We have worked with each other for several years and I consider him a friend and valued colleague. We have many similar interests and culturally we are also very similar. Therefore when it came to drawing him I took extra care with his caricature. I wanted to make him look like a rough and tough pirate but also a nice guy. Something along the lines of Orlando Bloom’s character William Turner in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Starting with his face, I gave him facial hair and a bandana to give him a rugged look. I then added the pirate costume but made sure to have the open shirt with chest hairs that you see in a lot of pirate images.  I added the sword but instead of holding it, I made him have it sheathed. Instead I had him carry two pistols. Pirates during the 17 & 18th centuries would always carry more than one weapon and I wanted to show this little fact of history. Besides out of all the pirate caricatures there is only one other caricature that is carrying a pistol. I’ll let you figure that one out.

This staff’s caricature shows a dashing and debonair pirate, something the other staff picked up on. He and the other staff enjoyed it very much and I hope you too will enjoy the ninth pirate caricature but the first male one from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Male Pirate   01

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate 01


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