Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Dream Team: Beatrix Kiddo


I have been told in the past and in recent 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 Cringle.  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. 

Beatrix Kiddo

Beatrix Kiddo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next character is modeled after Uma Thurman and her portrayal of Beatrix Kiddo from the 2003 movie called Kill Bill.  The character was a member of the “Deadly Viper Assassination Squad”.  She was known as “Black Mamba”, but also “The Bride”.  A trained assassin she wanted out when she got pregnant, however the rest of the squad tried their best to kill her.   Yet nothing could stop this strong and spirited woman from getting her revenge on every member of the “Deadly Viper Assassination Squad”. 

This is precisely why I chose this character for the staff member.  Not the assassin part, but the strong independent woman.  Beatrix is a rare powerful female character in film and that is exactly what I wanted to convey with the staff member.  She is strong, independent and if I dare say opinionated and willing to stand by her beliefs. 

The other reason was because her room partner is the woman I drew as Gogo Yubari.  If you have seen the movie you know that Gogo and Beatrix have a memorable battle.  This is not the case with the staff members. They are great partners and good friends.  It just seemed like these two are such an odd pair in the movie, total opposites.  The two staff members are the same.  They are opposites yet they work great together, finishing each other’s sentences and knowing what the other person is thinking.  The perfect team.  

Well she enjoyed this character and she loved the reasoning/inspiration behind it.  I hope you enjoy Beatrix Kiddo. 

Staff Caricature: Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo

Staff Caricature: Uma Thurman as Beatrix Kiddo

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