Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Dream Team: Uhura


I have been told in the past and in resent days, that I have been an inspiration to the children at school and to other people in general.  I have always found this interesting because I feel that these people and the children inspire me to create art and images instead of the other way around.

One example is when I drew the staff at my school as cartoon characters.  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 character from a movie.  The staff members were surprised; to say the least and they loved it, with a couple of exceptions on some humorous levels. 

Another character was modeled after Nichelle Nichols portrait of Nyota Uhura from the original Star Trek in the 1960’s.  I chose this character for the staff member because Uhura is a strong, independent, beautiful woman surrounded by strong men, very similar to the staff member. She is also the communications officer and the one thing this staff member can do is communicate; with staff, parents and children alike.

One other aspect that she and others noticed is that I made her hair up almost like a beehive from the time period.  The staff member likes to change-up her hairstyle and she asked if she should go with a hive next.  I said it was up to her but something’s are probably kept in the past.  

She and the staff loved the character and I hope enjoy it as well. 

Staff Caricature:  Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura

Staff Caricature: Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura

Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura.

Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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