Friday Two Cents: The Simplicity Of Play


 

This past week I return home after a wonderful time with friends up north in the Penetanguishene/Midland area. We did a lot of different activities in the area including swimming, sight-seeing and taking in some local festivities. One of the highlights of my time there was going to Discovery Harbour. It is a British naval base that traces it roots back to the War of 1812. The base was established around 1828 and was a presence to defend Canada until the 1850’s.

We were able to go twice to the site during this trip. Once for a Ghost Tour and the other for a Pirate Day. The Ghost Tour was very interesting and it did give me the shivers at times. I think I even saw a sign a ghost who did not want us in his cabin, spooky. The other time was a fun-filled day where pirates invaded the site. Pirate Day at Discovery Harbour was mostly geared towards the kids but I took the opportunity to have a little fun and live a little. I decided to bring up my pirate costume and walk around the site as Captain Jack Sparrow.
I dressed up and went to the site in full costume. To say I got a lot of looks is an understatement. When the kids saw me their eyes opened up and even their parents smiled. The staff was all dressed in pirate gear and they too smiled and encouraged me to play the pirate for the day. I walked around the site learning a few things about the history of Discovery Harbour, stopping once in a while to talk to people and some even asked if they could take a picture with me. I said sure and so I posed for pictures and I got to meet and talk to a lot of people. All in all it was fun to play pirate and learn some facts about the site. Yet I did notice something that made me pause for a moment or two.
While I was walking around as a pirate talking to people, I noticed some people giving me a few, what I would call; nasty looks. It was not as if I was being obnoxious or over selling the pirate theme, in contrast I was simply walking for one building to the next with my friends. Maybe, it was because I was an adult dressed as a pirate without kids. There were some other adults dressed up but they had kids with them. Perhaps they could not understand why a grown man would dress up and pretend or in essence play pirate.
I am not sure why but if that was the case all I can say is that I feel sorry for those people. I am very comfortable being myself and being very connected with my inner child. If those people cannot understand that we all need to play, then I all I can do is pity them and I’ll give them a couple of quotes / life lessons to help them. One from a famous philosopher, the other from a famous captain …

‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.’ Plato

‘The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.’ Captain Kirk

Two life lessons I always take to heart. Maybe we all should too.

 

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Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Final Portrait


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Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

 Final Portrait

In the final image, I gathered all the caricatures for a staff portrait. Obviously the theme is pirates, therefore the scene would be on a pirate ship. I decided to have the scene be on the main deck of the ship looking towards the stern, where the wheel or helm would be.

I began with creating the doors and stairs to the upper deck. Then I created the railings and stern decoration of the ship. Usually there would be a mast with a stirring sail behind the wheel but I decided not to put one in because it took away from the image. After I added the decking and the cargo hold on the bottom centre of the image. I then created cannons for either side of the deck. The rigging and sky was added to give a feeling of depth and it looked good to have some rigging on a sailing ship after all. The last touch was the pirate flag. I have this flag as a prop I used on Halloween and for when I introduce pirates as a theme for the children. So naturally I redrew it for the portrait and it gave a final touch that really made the image come to life.

I added the staff caricatures onto the lower deck but of course the captain is at the helm and that is where I placed my caricature. Then I added my personal logo ‘Paul G” to the lower right with the title “A Pirate’s Life For Me.” The soft-feathered frame was added last to, quite simply, framed the portrait. And there you have it.

After I gave the staff their individual cards with their caricatures, I presented this final portrait to them all. To say that they liked it would be an understatement. They all loved the final portrait and I hope you too will enjoy “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Final Portrait

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Final Portrait

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate Crew 02 ‘The Captain’


APiratesLifeLogo04

   Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

Male Pirate Crew 02  ‘The Captain’              

The last caricature of “A Pirate’s Life For Me.” is me. After doing all the other staff I had to create one of myself for the final portrait and I was eager because I had this caricature in mind for some time. This was the easiest to envision because I had already dressed like this caricature for Halloween, Captain Jack Sparrow.

I did not only dress like Jack Sparrow, I used his inflections and gestures to really bring the character to life. I walked around the school like Jack and everyone had a big smile when I talked or walked by. The costume was a big success and I wanted the caricature to have the same effect.

I began with the face, hair and hat. I had grown a beard and mustache for the costume and I had a few pictures of me to go by (I had shaved them off after Halloween). The clothes were simple enough to give that pirate look, I made sure that the jacket was a bit free-flowing to give a wind surf look. I added the boots with the over lapping cuffs as well with the jacket. The last touches were the beadwork in the hair, beard and hat. Lastly I added a sash to give a wind-swept look to the jacket and caricature. And that’s it.  If you have read my story “The Captain and the Baroness”  we will recognize this caricature from that story.  It was the inspiration for the look of the original Captain.  

The staff enjoyed it and were not surprised by the look of my caricature because of the costume I wore. Some commented that it was the perfect character for me. A rouge with a conscience, or a pirate with a heart. I hope you too will enjoy the tenth and final pirate caricature ‘The Captain’ from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

 

However watch out for the final portrait that will come out soon.

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Male Pirate   02 'The Captain'

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate 02 ‘The Captain’

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate Crew 01


APiratesLifeLogo04 

Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

 Male Pirate 01

The next caricature is of the only other male teacher on staff, beside myself. We have worked with each other for several years and I consider him a friend and valued colleague. We have many similar interests and culturally we are also very similar. Therefore when it came to drawing him I took extra care with his caricature. I wanted to make him look like a rough and tough pirate but also a nice guy. Something along the lines of Orlando Bloom’s character William Turner in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

Starting with his face, I gave him facial hair and a bandana to give him a rugged look. I then added the pirate costume but made sure to have the open shirt with chest hairs that you see in a lot of pirate images.  I added the sword but instead of holding it, I made him have it sheathed. Instead I had him carry two pistols. Pirates during the 17 & 18th centuries would always carry more than one weapon and I wanted to show this little fact of history. Besides out of all the pirate caricatures there is only one other caricature that is carrying a pistol. I’ll let you figure that one out.

This staff’s caricature shows a dashing and debonair pirate, something the other staff picked up on. He and the other staff enjoyed it very much and I hope you too will enjoy the ninth pirate caricature but the first male one from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Male Pirate   01

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Male Pirate 01

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 08


APiratesLifeLogo04

Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

 The Eighth Female Pirate

The next caricature is another staff member I have known since I started at the school. I have worked with her for many years and she is a great person to talk to with a great personality. She is someone you can trust and I have used her as a sounding board for ideas with curriculum and personal issues in my life. She is always someone who will speak her mind and I appreciate this in her. I wanted to show her feminine side as well as being a formidable woman, but how to do this?    

She is known for different hairstyles so I began with this. I wanted her hair to be short with a lot of curls.   The hat is a simple design coupled with the hair, it was able to frame her face wonderfully. I them gave her a traditional pirate costume but I made sure to show a lot of skin on the shoulders and cleavage. The sword was my way of showing her tough side. We all know not to mess with her. I gave her a grey colouring with sexy legs and calf high boots and her caricature came to life.

This caricature was not that riské, but I think it showed enough of a wild side in her character. She and the other staff enjoyed it and I hope you too will enjoy the eighth pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate   08

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 08

 

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 07


APiratesLifeLogo04

Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

 The Seventh Female Pirate

The next caricature is a staff member that I have known since I started at the school. I have worked with her and she is a wonderful person with a great personality. I wanted to show her playful side in the caricature.

Right away I thought of her hair and what kind of hat she would wear. Her hair is short and I thought let’s us this and place a bandana. Not just any bandana but a colourful one that matches her colourful personality. Because it is Christmas, I thought of something festive. So I used a candy cane pattern to help her caricature stand out from the rest. I worked. I then gave her a traditional pirate costume with exposed shoulders and visible cleavage.   Add the boots, and sword and you have one attractive pirate caricature.

This caricature was a bit riské, but I have a very good relationship with her and her family so I knew she would appreciate it. She did and the other staff enjoyed it too. I hope you too will enjoy the seventh pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate   07

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 07

 

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 06


APiratesLifeLogo04

Inspiration. Something every artist needs and is illusive as the Lock Ness Monster. 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 anything, they have inspire 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 year the inspiration for the caricatures came from the children’s concert. We were doing a Pirates Christmas and at the same time Pirates of the Caribbean was out. Also for Halloween I dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow and everyone loved the costume. It made me imagine, what would it be like if the staff where all pirates? From these simple beginnings I decided to draw all the staff as pirate caricatures.

Well the staff loved the cards and caricatures and 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.

The next caricature is a staff member that I have known for a few years and I consider her a friend. She is a force to be reckoned with and a super mom too. In the previous years when I drew her as a caricature she always enjoyed them as did her family, this year I wanted to push a little but keep it respectful too.

With her caricature I really wanted to show that even though she is a teacher and mother but also a wonderful and beautiful woman too. I drew her with a puffy top that showed some cleavage and a lot of shoulder. I then added the vest and I made the top and skirt ends with a rough ripped edge to add a little spice to the caricature. This also allowed an opportunity to show a little leg. I continued the rough edging to the hat and gave her hair some free-flowing strands to give her a wild look, which in reality she can be.  

This caricature was not that riské, but it did highlight the cleavage and curved figure.     She enjoyed the caricature but the interesting thing is that the next day at work she told me that her family enjoyed it too, including her husband. I guess I did not make it too riské but just enough for everyone to enjoy it.

I hope you too will enjoy the sixth pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate   06

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 06

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