Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Journey Together: Steampunk Man 01


“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 Man 01 – “Professor G”


The ninth caricature is a professor from the teacher’s college program that I cannot enough about. This professor is the heart and soul of the program. Always with a smile he has a way about him that makes you smile back. His knowledge on teaching is extensive but what really makes him special is his un-denying dedication to the students, both the kids in his class and the teacher candidates.

For this person’s caricature I wanted something unique, something I had never done before. One of his greatest passions is setting up the overseas teaching practicum in Africa. It is very much a mission style teaching opportunity that many people look forward to going. With this in mind I began by drawing him as a Victorian Era explorer. It is African inspired therefore his outfit is tanned colour but I also wanted to show that he is a professor of time period. Therefore I drew him with a jacket, shirt and tie, then I added the baggy pants and boots that have his pants wrapped around them. I then added a pith helmet, holster, sword and gentleman’s’ cane. The top of the cane has a jewel with a star inside it very similar to a compass. I then drew in a map that reads “African Star Treasure” in reference to his African practicums he organizes. Also the star in the cane is referred to that too. He does not smoke but what is an English professor without his pipe. Lastly I drew in a small moustache and gold spectacles.

Continuing with the code name theme I decided to call him “Professor G”. He is a professor and drawing from Professor X, I decided to call him using his first initial for the letter. When I said out loud, is suited him.

He loved the caricature and said he had never gotten anything like it before. I hope you too will enjoy the first male steampunk caricature from “The Journey Together.


Steampunk Man 01 - Codename Professor G

Steampunk Man 01 – Codename Professor G


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