Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons Steampunk Tea Time: Steampunk Woman 03


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‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

 

‘This world is but a canvas to our imagination.’ Henry David Thoreau

 

‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’ Walt Disney

 

Inspiration and Imagination, something every artist needs and is elusive as an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos. 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 a number of different topics, they have inspired 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 specific year the inspiration for the caricatures came from own person exploration of a style known as Steampunk. Steampunk is a subgenre of science-fiction and fantasy that came out of literary works such as Jules Vern and H.G. Wells to name a couple. But Steampunk can be best described by breaking up the word. “Steam” represents the era mostly the early industrial age around the Victorian Era. “Punk” represents rebellion or going against the norm.
The “Punk” or rebellion goes for going against what is expected on the technology level as well as societal norms. On the technology level you see cars that are steamed powered, flying dirigibles or airships the size and look of sailing vessels or steam-powered walking machines.   Yet when it comes to rebellion on the societal side it affects women the most. During this time women were relegated to subordinates to the men, covering up themselves, not taking up employment or independent behavior. That is why in Steampunk you will see many women showing cleavage or wearing short skirts and showing a lot of leg to show off their stockings.
It took quit a while to create the caricatures but once the staff received them they loved the cards and caricatures. 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.

Steampunk Woman 03

 

The third caricature is a bit different from the other staff. She is s wonderful teacher and tough as nails but I can see the sophisticated side in her and I wanted to show this. I began with the giving her a long dress that a traditional lady of the time period would wear. But I still wanted to show her feminine and rebellious side and that is why I gave her the cleavage.
I also gave her shear flow to the exterior of the dress with lace to depict her status of a lady. Yet the parasol is a bite different. If you look closely you will notice that the centre part of the parasol is a rifle barrel of a gun. She maybe a lady, but watch out for that tough side, she will get you all the time. The other thing is that she wore something similar for Halloween, but I had forgotten about that when I created the caricature. Funny how things worked out.
She enjoyed the caricature as well as the rebellious aspects the character portrays. I hope you enjoy the third steampunk caricature from “Steampunk Tea Time.”
Steampunk Woman 03

Steampunk Woman 03

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