Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 01


       

 

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

 

‘This world is but a canvas to our imagination.’ Henry David Thoreau

 

‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’ Walt Disney

 

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. Whether it be a child asking me about Mythology or adults asking me about their children or even just talking to people about a number of different topics, they have inspired me to create and use my imagination to bring the impossible possible.

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 the inspiration for the caricatures came from my own person exploration of a style known as Steampunk. Steampunk is a subgenre of science-fiction and fantasy that came out of literary works such as Jules Vern and H.G. Wells to name a couple. But Steampunk can be best described by breaking up the word. “Steam” represents the era mostly the early industrial age around the early to mid-Victorian Era. “Punk” represents rebellion or going against the norm.
The “Punk” or rebellion signifies 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 even 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 behavior. 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.
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 01

 

The first caricature is a person whom I wanted to show their rebellious side. I wanted to create the caricature with a skirt and high boots along with the customary leather corset. I then added the puffy shirt that highlighted the breasts and cleavage. I then added the two belts with packs, goggles and finally a steampunk style rifle. With these caricatures I created a new way of creating hair and with caricature she has long shoulder length blonde hair.

Well she enjoyed the caricature, as did the other staff. I hope you enjoy the first steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Woman 01

 

 

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Comic Strips: You Snooze, You Lose


 

Well it is the start of a new school year with a fresh crop of students and situations that can be the basis of my comic strip, The Craziest Things. If you do not know, I am the editor of the afterschool program’s newsletter. I just finished putting the first edition of the 2017-18 newsletters together and sent it out to the parents. Even though it’s a lot of work while I work as an occasional teacher, I enjoy doing it. However my favourite part is creating the comic strip.   I always use the students of the senior grade 5s as my inspiration for the comics. I will draw every grade five in the program as a fun cartoon caricature in a fun and interesting situation.

Many of the other children ask why don’t I use the other grades too. I tell them that these students are the graduating class and they deserve their moment. Also it is hard enough trying to draw 15 – 18 students and place them into 8 – 10 comic strips, just imagine 120. Therefore I had to limit the amount I can draw.
I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic such as the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents. Yet there are some themes that are universal to all generations.
This month centres on the first day of school. Yes that amazing day when you have to go back to the salt mines, I mean classroom and begin a fresh new year of learning and discovery.  
When it comes down to what students want to do, they have an unlimited amount of choices to choose from. Many parents have told me that they did not have as many choices as their children have when it comes to vacations. In fact many studies have shown that the centre of the family has shifted from what mom and dad want to do, to what the kids want to do. Peter Yesawich, a travel trend expert, has studied family travel for over 20 years. He says that children make the final decision in more than half of all family vacations.  Yet if there are an unlimited amount of choices, how can anyone choice just one, let alone a kid with less life experience. The results might come down to that old saying, “you snooze, you lose.”

I hope you enjoy October’s The Craziest Things: You Snooze, You Lose.

Art Inspiration: Heroes Vs. Villains – Final Portrait


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and over the past few weeks I have posted the characters the students created. At the end of the club I gave them a certificate with my version of their character on it. Yet I also wanted to give them something else. I decided to create a final portrait with all the characters in it for everyone in the club. The original was in black and white, in case they wanted to color it themselves, but mostly I did not have the time to create a colour version; until now.  

I hope you to will enjoy the final portrait/collection of all the characters from Heroes VS. Villains.

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Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Lorra


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 09 – Lorra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student wanted to create something very unique. The student also wanted to create a character with another student so that they would be twins. They would look like each other but have some different abilities.

I liked the idea and encouraged the two with any help they needed or asked for. Her “Twin” is the previous hero character Korra. They would both have wings with feathers yet the hair would be different and they would have the same ability of telekinesis, however Korra would control water and Lorra will control fire.

I thought this was very imaginative and showed them how to draw wings and showed them the character Archangel from X-men.   Those where the wings she and her friend were looking for therefore I drew her character with this character in mind. I started with the same body pose as the twin and then I drew in the wings. Yet unlike her twin’s wings stance of them coming down as if wrapping around her body, I drew this character’s wings up to show them for all to see.

I showed the student my version of her character and she was ecstatic. She loved the pose and the wings yet she wanted it to look almost identical to her friend’s character. I said that you two are twins but there, like your abilities, slight differences. Then I reminded them of a couple of twins in the school they knew and they both have slight differences too. After I said this she felt better and was showing everyone her character proudly. I hope you to will enjoy the ninth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Lorra.

 

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Korra


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

 

Hero 08 – Korra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student wanted to create something very unique. She asked me about creating wings but not bat wings like another student but one with feathers. The student also wanted to create a character with another student so that they would be twins that would look like each other but have some different abilities.

I thought this was very imaginative and showed them how to draw wings and showed them the character Archangel from X-men. Those where the wings she and her friend was looking for therefore I drew her character with this character in mind. I started with the body pose and then I drew in the wings.

I showed the student my version of her character and she was ecstatic. She loved the pose and the wings. I hope you to will enjoy the eighth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Korra.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Invisible Man


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 07 – Invisible Man

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with but I was not sure what this student had in mind. I think that he wanted a simple character with the abilities of invisibility and super speed. He wanted to show that his character was invisible so he drew his character with no torso and only the extremities. I found this take on drawing an invisible character very interesting and creative.

I decided to draw his character with a simple body type in a running action pose. Then when I coloured it I increased his transparency except for the eyes, sword and the logo. I then added the background to help give the illusion of invisibility.

I showed the student his character and he was happy it and he liked the transparency. I hope you enjoy the seventh hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Invisible Man.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Venomous Shadow


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters could have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference, I told them and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character with my version that I gave to them. In the past few weeks I posted the Villains now its time for the Heroes to make an appearance …

 

Hero 06 – Venomous Shadow

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with and this student had one character in mind from the start. When I first saw the character I immediately thought of the character Venom from Spiderman. I asked him if that is who he modeled the character after and he said a definite yes.

Therefore with the image of Venom in mind I began by trying to come up with a stance that was different from most of the characters that I drew. The first thing I wanted to draw was to have him in a pose that was hunched over in an attach position. The student drew the character with shoes but I decided to draw it with dragon/dinosaur feet, complete with claws. The same for the hands but I also made it very muscular like the character Venom, as well as the face and eyes, similar to the student’s drawing.

I showed the student my version of his character and he was ecstatic. He said this is exactly what he envisioned. Some of the other students said that it looked too scary to be a hero but I reminded them that looks could be misleading. I reminded them of Beauty and the Beast. I asked them who was the hero in that story? They all agreed it was the beast and that the student more pleased with his character.   I hope you enjoy the sixth hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Venomous Shadow.

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