Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Journey Together: Steampunk Woman 05


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“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” Drake

 

“Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.” Pythagoras

 

Inspiration and Imagination, two things that every artist needs and is as difficult to find as buried treasure. But once you find it the world is you oyster. 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 is a child asking me about Mythology or talking to people about a number of different topics, they have all inspired me to create and use my imagination to bring the impossible to life.

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 I was at teacher’s college and I spent more time with my follow teacher candidates and anyone else. In many ways they inspired me all yearlong and that inspiration gave birth some new caricatures.   I continued with my favorite style Steampunk. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that came out of literary works such as Jules Vern and H.G. Wells. 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 behaviour. 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.
 
Between classes, lesson plans work and other things it took quit a while to create the caricatures. But once my fellow teacher candidates 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 on our ‘Journey Together’ through teacher’s college. Hopefully they can spur imagination and inspire others.

 

Steampunk Woman 05 – “Avenging Angel”

 

The fifth caricature is of a person who you want as a teacher and a friend. She is a great person who will always have your back and will be there when you ask.   She also has an adventurous spirit, so when I thought of her caricature I kept this in mind. I was thinking of a steampunk-winged character that could come in with an attitude. Therefore I started by drawing her in a fly suit with pants, a leather corset and leather boots and gloves. I then added the bat like wings that would be attached to her back with an apparatus. The wings would be of a canvas or leather combination and with be like a hawk or bat that could fold up and then stretch out in flight. I then drew her hair under an aviators goggles. Because she would be flying I drew her hair a little wild and free, like her. I then added a couple of weapons that she would hold, a small pistol and a large rifle. The colouring for her outfit I used the same colour scheme as Ironman, Red and gold.

Continuing with the code name theme I decided to call her “Avenging Angel”. I thought it appropriate with the winged outfit and I know that she is not one to be messed with.

She enjoyed the caricature and the idea of the winged avenger caricature. I hope you enjoy the fifth steampunk caricature as much as she did from “The Journey Together.

Steampunk Woman 05 - Codename Avenging Angel

Steampunk Woman 05 – Codename Avenging Angel

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