“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 Group 3
This group of wonderful people, I connected with them from the very start of the year I was in teacher’s college. In some ways this group inspired all the previous group caricatures. Yet I did not create their caricatures until the end of the school year. Mostly because I was so preoccupied with all the schoolwork, yet I made it a point to give this to them before the end of the school year. Their friendship and help made teacher’s college fun in so many ways. The title The Journey Together is self-explanatory and it fits well for this group. We journeyed through teacher’s college through the good and bad times but we never lost of sense of fun and fellowship. We ended up with a great adventure, tremendous stories and experiences to remember for a lifetime.
When I gave them their individual caricatures’, I also gave them this group image. It has all of them and myself as The Captain (of course). They all loved it and they were speechless. Yet they could not stop thanking me for this piece of art and a few tears of gratitude was shed too. I hope you enjoy the third steampunk caricature group from “The Journey Together.”
Steampunk Group 01 – An Inspirational Group