Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons Steampunk Tea Time: Steampunk Woman 11


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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 11

 

The next caricature is a staff member whom I have not worked a lot with but we got along very well. I am always impressed by her devotion and enthusiasm to the students who comes up with amazing activities and is a kind and sweet person to be around. With her caricature I wanted to explore and show a different side of her. Yes she is a sweet wonderful person but she is also fun to be with and an adventurer. I knew that creating something riské would be alright with her but I also wanted to show her tough side that many people don’t usually see.
Right away I wanted to draw her in a skirt but not a traditional one. I wanted to have her wear leather straps as part of the skirt to look almost like light weight armor. Something a femme fatale may wear. Continuing with the leather theme, I draw her with a leather corset that doubled as a jacket. I did not want a loose-fitting jacket so I incorporated the corset idea. This way it would be form-fitting and show off a little cleavage.
With her hair I have seen her once in a while wear it in a braid and I thought it was a good look for her, therefore I draw her with a couple. I then added a hairpin with feathers to help enhance her look. I then added boots, bracelets and a flintlock pistol as finishing touches to her caricature.
She saw the caricature and loved it. She thanked me repeatedly but her smile was the best thank you. I hope you too will enjoy the eleventh steampunk caricature from “Steampunk Tea Time.”
Steampunk Woman 11

Steampunk Woman 11

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