Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Final Portrait 02


 

‘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.

 

Final Portrait 02

In the Final Portrait 01, I gathered all the caricatures for a staff portrait. Those were people whom I worked with in the after school program. In this second portrait I collected all the staff I worked with during school hours. I created two of the caricatures around Christmas at the same time as I created the other caricatures, yet the three others standing closest to my caricature; I decided to create as part of their graduation celebration. They were the teachers of the graduating class and I thought a nice gesture to create a Steampunk caricature to commemorate the occasion.

Instead of creating a new background I thought it was fitting to use the original I used for the other portrait. I found a great scene of some buildings along the River Seine and I drew a metal platform with stairs that you would use to get onto a ship. I have always loved ships and I was thinking that this group might be going a voyage. I am the Captain after all and what is a captain without a ship to command. Yet I did not want to use any ship, no. In the Steampunk style I imagined us waiting to board a dirigible. An airship with a massive balloon carrying an old sailing Man-o-War, like the HMS Victory. If you look in the upper left hand corner of the image you can see one flying into view.

I added the caricatures standing on the platform waiting for the ship to arrive to start our adventure. I placed my caricature at the front of the group to show that I was leading the way to board my ship. I added the soft-feathered frame and then I placed my personal logo ‘Paul G” to the lower right, but I was not sure what to call the portrait. I then thought of the graduation and came up with another name, yet with this second creation I went back to the original portrait’s name.   I wanted the portrait to inspire imagination, to believe that the impossible is possible. Therefore the title came out to be “Imagine the Impossible.”

With these people I did give them a portrait but not with all six of us in it. There were two different portraits but I decided to combine these caricatures into one portrait. They all loved their final portraits and I hope will enjoy this Final Portrait 02 of “Imagine the Impossible”.

Imagine the Impossible – Final Portrait 02

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Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Final Portrait 01


‘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.

Final Portrait 01

In the final image I gathered all the caricatures for a staff portrait. This is set in a   Steampunk style therefore I needed a Victorian Era background. I went through a few ideas, a garden scene, a drawing-room similar to something from Pride and Prejudice, a steamship (I do like ships) or a busy street in London. I thought long and hard and I wanted something that would inspire some imagination something fanciful but still had a sense of reality. Then I thought of the time I dressed up as a musketeer and the scene came to me.

Why should my setting be in London, why not in Paris? Therefore I found a great scene of some buildings along the River Seine and I drew a metal platform with stairs that you would use to get onto a ship. I have always loved ships and I was thinking that this group might be going a voyage. I am the Captain after all and what is a captain without a ship to command. Yet I did not want to use any ship, no. In the Steampunk style I imagined us waiting to board a dirigible. An airship with a massive balloon carrying an old sailing Man-o-War, like the HMS Victory. If you look in the upper left hand corner of the image you can see on flying into view.

I added the caricatures standing on the platform waiting for the ship to arrive to start our adventure. I am on the top platform with my falcon waiting for my ship. I added the soft-feathered frame and then I added my personal logo ‘Paul G” to the lower right but I was not sure what to call the portrait. Then the idea came to me. I wanted the portrait to inspire imagination, to believe that the impossible is possible. Therefore the title came out to be “Imagine the Impossible.”

This is the first group of educators I made the portrait and caricatures for. We went out for Christmas dinner and after I gave the staff their individual cards with their caricatures, I presented this final portrait to them all. They were all signed and dated and to say that they liked it would be an understatement. They all loved the final portrait and I hope you too will enjoy the final portrait of Imagine the Impossible”.

Scotland Adventure: Day One


For many people in Canada, particularly in Ontario, it is the first week back to the regular routine after March or Spring Break. Many are trying to get back into the groove after a weeklong break where many people went away to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. A lot of people would have headed south to some warm destination to work on their tan, I on the other hand did not. This year I had the fortunate pleasure to visit a country I had only read about and seen in movies and pictures and only dreamed of going; a place known as Scotland.  

This trip all started last year when a colleague of mine mentioned that she was going to Scotland for the break. I said I would love to see Scotland and she then said ‘You want to come along?’ I said sure I’d love to and then another teacher overheard us and asked if she could too. We said yes and from that our trip was underway. My friend has been to Scotland on numerous occasions and she said that she would organize the trip and where we would be going. I gave her complete control because I knew she had seen most of the country and I wanted to experience a new and wonderful adventure exploring it with my colleagues.
Our trip was supposed to be 9 days but unfortunately our flight was canceled because of technical issues on the plane, yet we were able to fly out the next day. To put the entire trip in one post would be impossible because there was so much I saw and yes; we took a lot of pictures. Therefore in the next few weeks I will be posting my trip to Scotland one post for every day we were there. Think of it as a journal entire for each day of my trip. Alright let us begin …

Scotland Trip: Day One

Our trip comprised four people; my friends A, B, C and me. Like I said we lost a day because of technical issues with the plane the night before but we arrived at the airport the following night ready to begin our adventure. The flight was pleasant enough, but after our lost day we were anxious to land in Scotland as soon as possible. We landed at Glasgow airport around 1000 hours where we rented a car and then made our way to our first destination, Stirling Castle.   A and B had already been to Stirling castle and thought it would be a nice place for C and I to visit while they do some shopping for Sim cards and other things we may need.

Entering Stirling Castle

Stirling castle is my first medieval castle of either English or Scottish design. It is located in Stirling on top of Castle Hill that over looks the entire area. It is situated in the most strategic position to help defend the River Forth crossing. This crossing is the only way to cross the river safely up until the 1890s.
For hundreds of years the only way to the north (The Highlands) was to go past Stirling. Most of the main buildings date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, very few buildings remain from the 14th century and the outer wall defences date to the early 18th century. There have been many sieges at the castle, at least 8, which include the Wars of Scottish Independence. You may have heard of two paramount characters Robert the Bruce and William Wallace who fought for Stirling Castle during this time.
Before the unification of Scotland and England, Stirling castle was one of the most used of the royal residences as it also doubled as a palace as well as a fortress. Many Scottish Kings and Queens were crowned there including Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542.
Once inside the sheer grandeur of the place was impressive. We were fortunate to arrive just in time for a tour where she took us all over the main buildings of the castle. As we walked around the grounds and buildings and you could feel the history coming to life there as we explored this magnificent castle. The one impressive part of the castle was the Great Hall where the king would entertain his guests or hold court. A large hall with ceilings that stretched up at least 3 stories and kept in place with massive oak beams. Yet as impressive as this was, it was nothing compared to the royal residences.
We were not allowed into the private royal bed chambers but we did explore the private chambers of the king and queen. They and the Presence Chambers (waiting rooms) were decorated with tapestries, paintings and sculptures including the ceiling. I took a panoramic picture of the ceiling in the King’s Presence Camber that was decorated with large sculptures of historical figures both real and mythical. The tapestry in the Queen’s Chambers was equally impressive with depictions of the royal coat of arms.
The one thing I noticed was that there were unicorns everywhere you looked. The tour guide mentioned that King James IV coat of arms has the unicorn very prevalent on either side. The legend says that the unicorn is a magical and powerful creature. The king wanted to show that he was strong and powerful so he had the unicorn in his coat of arms but it is wearing a crown around its neck meaning that the king tamed it. What better way for James IV to show his importance then through taming a powerful creature in Scottish myth and placing it in his coat of arms.
The rest of the castle was equally impressive and after several hours exploring it we had to say good-bye to Stirling Castle and make our way north to the Highlands in Aviemore inside Cairngorms National Park. There our second day would begin.

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Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Man 01 (The Captain)    


‘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 Man 01 (The Captain)

The last caricature of “Imagine the Impossible” is, me. After creating all the staff caricatures I also had to create mine. Yet I had already created one and I could not improve on what I had already created. I had created it as character in a story I had started about a year earlier, The Captain and the Baroness.

This is a story I created for someone special as a birthday present, but I decided to continue the story line. I was going through some difficult issues at the time and indulging in my creative side helped me through it. The story was loosely reflecting the issues in my own life and when I wrote chapter three I was going through a lot of changes in my life. Therefore I decided to change the look of the ‘The Captain’ character in the story. The original character was my caricature of myself dressed as a pirate, aka Jack Sparrow. So I changed the look of the character and my new caricature was created.

I began by basing his outfit with that of a naval officer during the Victorian Era. He is a captain after all so it made sense. I drew him with grey pants and vest, a royal blue jacket overcoat with gold trim and a white pouf shirt. I added a royal blue Ascot tie and black riding boots. This caricature is in the Steampunk style; therefore I drew two holsters with side arms.   I added a small dagger to his right and a sabre on the left with a couple of belts. If you look closely, the sabre guard has an inverted engraved image on it, a falcon. I am Maltese and adding a falcon created the idea that my caricature is the Maltese Falcon. The last touch on the outfit was a pocket watch hanging from his belt. It makes sense; a captain needs a watch to help navigate. The hair, beard and mustache (Van Dyke), were very similar to my hair beard and mustache I had grown at the time. The only thing I added from the previous images of ‘The Captain’ is the out stretched arm with the caricature holding a falcon. Along the same lines as the idea of my caricature being the Maltese Falcon.

The staff did not see this caricature until the final group portrait and they all loved it. Yet I did tell them that I did create this caricature as a character in a story I wrote. If you want to see and read the chapters I posted you can click on the link below.

 

“The Captain and the Baroness”

In the next few weeks I will post the final group portraits with all the caricatures in it. I hope you too will enjoy the nineteenth and final Steampunk caricature from “Imagine the Impossible.”

Steampunk Man – a.k.a. The Captain

 

Art Inspiration: Imagine The Impossible: Steampunk Woman 18


‘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 18

The eighteenth caricature is a wonderful teacher whom I have worked with on many occasions. She was working with the grade fives at the time and I wanted to create a Steampunk caricature for her as I drew caricatures of a few of the students in the graduating class. She always a straight arrow and speaks her mine on a number of topics. With this in mind I thought to draw her as a Steampunk archer. I never drew an archer before and I wanted something different for this caricature.

I used the Lord of the Rings Elvin archers as inspiration and began there. I began with the corset and instead of a skirt or dress I drew her wearing skin-tight pants and riding boots. I added a feminine blouse with lace along the edge but because she is an archer she has short sleeves and a shooting gloves/greaves. Going with the Elvin archer look I drew her wearing a cape and hood. Her weapon of course is compound bow with a blade and a similar looking quiver.   I then drew her hair with a large braid to finish the look.

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

Steampunk Woman 18

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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

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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