Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Journey Together: Steampunk Woman 11



“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 11 – “Femme Fatale”


The twelfth caricature is of a person who is a wonderful friend that is fun to be with and dare I say a bit like myself, a bit of a joker.   With her caricature I came up with her code name first “Femme Fatale”. At a function many of us attended, we were all well dressed and the theme of the night was based on a James Bond movie Casino Royal. I jokingly gave code names to each of the people who attended. She was dress in a stunning black dress and the first code name that stuck for her was “Femme Fatale”. She loved the name and it suited her especially with the night’s theme and the amazing dress she was wearing.

With her steampunk caricature I knew I needed to really punch up the rishé factor. I started with the corset. I drew it very tight-fitting to accentuate her breasts and waist. I also drew silk frills that would protrude out from the waist and breasts. I then drew her wearing a high cut skirt with two slits that would show off her shapely legs. To enhance her legs I added thigh high stockings with her suspenders showing and of course matching black high heels. I then drew her wearing a leather jacket with fur cuffs and a fur cloak to give her that rebellious look as well as sporting two fast action revolvers. I drew her hair very similar to her own, long and curly. I had it layered and some strands going over one of her eyes in what I call the mysterious look.

To add a more personal tough to the caricature, I then drew roses on each of the breast. We both love Disney and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is our favorite movie. With the three keys dangling from her waist, that is an inside joke between us.  

When I finally gave her the caricature she was overjoyed to point of being speechless, which is a first for her. She could not stop saying how much she loved it as did many others. I hope you enjoy the twelfth steampunk caricature from “The Journey Together.

Steampunk Woman 11 - Codename Femme Fatale

Steampunk Woman 11 – Codename Femme Fatale



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