Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 17


‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

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.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. 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 17

The seventeenth caricature is a wonderful teacher whom I have worked with on many occasions. She is a wonderful person to work with and has a … quirky personality on top of everything else, which is a good thing. This person has one place she loves to visit and she always talks about, Scotland. Therefore this is where I began when making her caricature. I began with a kilt and a tartan that I created. I then drew in the corset and large shirt that would show a bit of cleavage. I then added the belt, sporran, and black boots. I drew her hair a bit wild because that goes with her personality and then topped it off with a top hat and goggles. Then what Scottish outfit would be complete without a Scottish Claymore. Therefore I drew her holding one and stepping on top of a crate of TNT. If you look closely I added another claymore as a pin on her kilt.

She loved her caricature, as did the many others. I hope you too enjoy the seventeenth steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 17

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Friday Two Cents: Veni, Vidi, Vici.


 

Recently I had the opportunity to work as a Long tern occasional (LTO) teacher in a grade 1 class. I have been at this school for several years and I have worked in many different classrooms with many amazing people. From the moment I came into the school I was welcomed by the staff and into the classrooms with the students.  I saw they needed help and I provided the best I could.  This was the last week with the students in the class because they have a replacement person for the position I was filling.  Of course I am a bit saddened to be leaving, but it is good that these students have a steady person to be with them and sometimes change is good. 

I said the same to the teachers but they all said that I have been a steady and positive presence to the children.  I guess I just thought of myself as someone providing help in any way I could to a difficult situation.  After two months it has been a bit trying at times but I just saw what needed to be done and just did it.
Yet the teachers said I did more than that.  I was even approached by many parents who said the same things and also wrote letters and made calls on my behalf to the superintendent and others about the job I have done and for me to stay on. They also mentioned that the children would miss me, and what I bring to them. I guess I captured their imaginations and helped to inspire them. I did not expect this and my response was of course gratitude and a heart-felt thank you to all of them.

Superman

I never really thought about it in those terms.  I knew the students will miss me, but they will move on.  Also the routines I established where just things I put into place for everyone’s benefit, I was just doing my job. The class and routines will go on without me, maybe even improved upon in my absence.  Who knows? 
I told a few that I was like Superman, coming in and lending a helping hand, then moving on.  They laughed that my statement was aptly put. 
Next week I move on as a supply teacher again in this school or other schools with new students, staff and challenges.  I go into this new adventure knowing that I did some good in the school.  That knowledge makes me feel good about what I have done and it helps me to look forward to the challenges that await me. 
I would imagine the quote from Julius Caesar is appropriate for my past two months,

‘Veni, vidi, vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.’ Julius Caesar 

Hopefully this knowledge can continue to inspire me in the new adventures that await me.

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Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 16


‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

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.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. 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 16

The sixteenth caricature is a wonderful teacher whom I have worked with on many occasions. She is a force to be reckoned with, and I wanted to show this with her caricature. I began with a corset and I drew it with extra leather straps/belts on it. But I wanted it to be part of a vest combo so I drew in the top part of the vest with collars. I then added an over sized white shirt similar to a pirate shirt. I wanted to show that she was a rebel therefore I drew her wearing pants and a large shotgun style rifle on a leg holster held there with a bullet belt. I then added a smaller side arm on the other side, leather boots and goggles in her hair.

She loved her caricature, as did the others. I hope you enjoy the sixteenth steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 16

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Friday Two Cents: It Is Within Me


 

This past week has been a busy one to say the least. It started with 100 days in school celebrations and activities with the students, then Pancake Tuesday, Valentines Day on Wednesday and then finally the Lunar Parade on Thursday with the Dragon I created. (Below are links to pages to see how I made the dragon.)  Oh yes added on top of everything else the report cards had to be handed out to the parents, parent teacher interviews and then filing of the reports.

Art Inspiration: Dragon’s Head Reconstruction, Stage 1

Art Inspiration: Dragon’s Head Reconstruction, Stage 2

Art Inspiration: Dragon’s Head Reconstruction, Stage 3

Yes this was a busy week if I do say so myself, yet through all this excitement I had prepared a little respite from the hustle and bustle of the activities. On Friday I went to Niagara Falls for an overnight trip to see Wayne Brady live. Wayne Brady is a fantastic entertainer whom you may have seen on “Who’s Line is it anyway” or “Lets Make a Deal”. The show was amazing and my stay at the Falls was quit relaxing.

I went alone and many people made a big deal about this. They could not understand that I needed some alone time away from everything. Just some time to clear my head and maybe do some art, have some fun and enjoy some entertainment. I guess they do not understand that I am happy when I do these things, either with someone or alone. Just as Marcus Aurelius once said …

 

‘Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.’ Marcus Aurelius

 

Many people say they are happy but are not open to the idea that others may have a different way of being happy. I know I am happy because it is within me.

Comic Strips: The Fine Print


 

This month’s latest instalment of, The Craziest Things is coming out on Valentine’s Day since, as you may have guessed, it is Valentine themed. In this comic I explore the growing trend towards a more litigious society and with what is happening in the world when it comes to relationships.

Many of us have seen when someone says something it may be taken in the wrong way or come back and bit them in the behind. More and more we as a society are falling onto the law to help protect or prosecute many things.

I thought what would happen if the above trend was translated into the innocent world of giving Valentine cards. So many of us have given and received Valentine cards in our childhood. It was a time of innocent fun and an opportunity to say thank you to your classmates and friends for being your friend. Yet what if someone took it too far and wanted to protect them-selves for fear of some future scrutiny. When does it go to far?

I guess we should heed Winston Churchill’s warning…

‘If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.’ Winston Churchill

With this in mind, I hope you enjoy the latest instalment of, The Craziest Things; The Fine Print.

 

 

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Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 15


 

‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

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.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. 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 15

The fifteenth caricature is a wonderful teacher who loves the children and has a personal favourite activity that I too enjoy, baseball. Her outfit is not really in the steampunk style but I did try to draw her caricature close to her personality and to the time period of steampunk. I began with her stance as if she is about to go up to bat or take down someone. I drew her uniform very close to the style of the women’s baseball league you may have seen in the movie A League Of Their Own, based the true woman’s league. Also I remember her wearing one very similar this one for Halloween. I then added thigh high stockings; a baseball cap and a baseball bat to give her that “I’m sweet but don’t mess with me” look.  

She truly enjoyed her caricature. She loved the uniform and mentioned that she has one like the one I drew. I told her I do remember but also that sometimes my caricatures come from the person’s own style too. I hope you enjoy the fifteenth steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 15

Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 14


‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge.’ Albert Einstein

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.

A prime example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters or caricatures for their Christmas Cards. 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 14

The fourteenth caricature is a wonderful teacher who loves the children and to have fun while working with them. She is kind and gentle and I thought lets add a little naughty side to her persona. Therefore I began with a corset and white shirt then a short skirt to show off her long legs. She is a tall woman and I wanted to show this with the clothes she would wear. I drew the caricature with stockings and long knee-high boots to accentuate her height. I then added a top hat and goggles to show her long flowing hair. It is also something I know she would wear. The to finish off the look I gave her the biggest steampunked rifle I drew to show that she may be a nice sweet person but she is also a badass.

She really enjoyed her caricature especially her badass gun. She mentioned that she has boot like the ones I drew and I said I know I saw her wearing them once. Sometimes my caricatures come from the person’s own style too. I hope you enjoy the fourteenth steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 14

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