Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons Steampunk Tea Time: Steampunk Woman 08


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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.

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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 08

 

The next caricature is another staff member whom I have known since I started working at the school. I have worked with her for many years and I can say she is without a doubt a strong, independent woman whom I admire greatly. This person is someone whom I can trust and even use her as a sounding board in matters of curriculum and personal matters in my life. She is someone who is not afraid to speak her mind on any subject matter and I truly appreciate this from her.
This is where I got my inspiration to draw her caricature. During the Victorian era, strong woman were not seen as an asset and they were looked down on as second-class citizens. Not to mention people of minorities had a difficulty time getting an equal footing, when you add women of minorities into the mix, there was even more inequality. I wanted to show her independence and strength by depicting her as an aeronaut/pilot of a dirigible (airship). Something a woman would have never gotten an opportunity to do. Yet I now she could do it without any debt.
I began by drawing her wearing an aviator’s hat, leather jacket and white scarf. Something pilots wore in the early years of aviation. I also drew her wearing a skirt and high boots to show that she still has a feminine side to her. If you look closely is holding gun and I modeled it after Han Solo’s gun in Star Wars. He was the tough, independent type and I wanted her to have the same type of persona.
She saw the caricature and loved it, as did the other staff. I hope you too will enjoy the eighth steampunk caricature from “Steampunk Tea Time.”
Steampunk Woman 08

Steampunk Woman 08

 

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