Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Journey Together: Steampunk Woman 06


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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 06 – “E. VE.”

 

The sixth caricature is of a professor from the teacher’s college program. Even though I did not have her for many classes she was a big help in my learning and becoming the teacher I am. Before we started the program we all went to a retreat up north and she was in charge of my group and she was adventurous, insightful, funny and a great person to talk to. I kept all this in mind when I was creating her caricature. The first image that came to me was that of a Victorian Lady. I started with a tight skirt and a puffy shirt that would show a bit of cleavage. I did not add a corset with her caricature yet I added a small hat. The colour of the outfit was very similar to her Halloween costume where she was Audrey Hepburn. Though she would have her hair up most of the time, I drew her with straight hair down.

Continuing with the code name theme I decided to call her “E.VE.”. This is a work around her name and I thought EVE went well because we were at the catholic site of the university and it seemed appropriate.  

She enjoyed the caricature, as did the other professors. I hope you enjoy the sixth steampunk caricature from “The Journey Together.

Steampunk Woman 06 - Codename E. VE.

Steampunk Woman 06 – Codename E. VE.

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