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: Male Pirate Crew 01


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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.

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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 05


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 was new to the school. I did not know how she would react to this caricatures I usually draw, therefore I tried to keep it a little conservative. The other side is that she was a quiet person and only started a few weeks before I usually start drawing the caricatures for the Chris Kringle.

With her caricature I really did not want top do anything to over the top, so I basically drew her with a very simple pirate costume. She is also a Latina so thought of Penelope Cruz when I drew her. The fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean was out so I thought this character was perfect fit.

I drew her with a simple puffy top that showed some cleavage, with a simple vest and skirt. To finish the look I drew in the typical pirate hat and sabre and there you have a female pirate.

This caricature was not that riské, but it did show a bit of cleavage and some skin but many said that it was cute. Interesting that with certain staff I could go riské when drawing their caricature but others I did not feel I should. Well she truly enjoyed the caricature and that was what I was hoping for.

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

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate   05

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 05

 

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 04


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 wanted to really push the edge with her. I have known this person from when I first started working at the school. She was always critical about how I drew her caricature. She never got angry about my caricatures but she always wanted me to draw her with larger breasts or a really thin waistline. She is a beautiful woman and I always try to make her caricature fit the theme and her personality. But she always wanted to push the edge, so this year I really pushed it.

It was also fortuitous that she was my Chris Kringle that year and so I put a bit more effort into the drawing. I began with the premise of showing a lot of skin. She already has a lovely figure so I wanted to emphases that by showing a lot of skin with her neck, shoulders, arms and legs. I drew her in a pose that would reflect a very sexual appeal with her head tilted down and leg raised in a sultry way. Her eyes and hair reflected a seductive attitude about when you add the pistol, it says, “I’m famine, sexy, and strong at the same time.”

This caricature was extremely riské, but knowing the person I know she would enjoy it and I was right. When she saw her caricature she said, “Woow!!!” and the smile on her face spoke volumes. She truly enjoyed the caricature as did the rest of the staff.

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

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate  04

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 04

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate Crew 02


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 since I started, yet we have always but heads once in a while; in a good way. I wanted to show that she is rough and tumble but also feminine. I decided to draw her in a short dress showing a lot if leg and some cleavage. Yet I also wanted to have her hold a sword to show that means business. I also wanted to show a bit of shear lace with the dress. Something that was common with some dresses but still a bit flirtatious.

She enjoyed the caricature and the riské look of her character as did the other staff. I hope you enjoy the second pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

Art Inspiration: A Pirate's Life For Me: Female Pirate  02

Art Inspiration: A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female Pirate 02

Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons A Pirate’s Life For Me: Female 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 dress up 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 first caricature is a staff member that I have known since I started, she also so happens to be my boss. I wanted to show her, as with the other staff, her feminine side while also showing the tough pirate side. I decided to draw her with a wavy skirt with layers that was the normal fashion for women around the early 1800s. However, I wanted to show a more flirtatious side to the caricature with the exposed shoulders and showing some leg.

Well she enjoyed the caricature and the riské look of her character as did the other staff. I hope you enjoy the first pirate caricature from “A Pirate’s Life For Me.”

 

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

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

 

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