Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons The Dream Team: Robert “Rocky” Balboa


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 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.

Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next character is modeled after Sylvester Stallone and his portrayal of Robert “Rocky” Balboa from the movie Rocky released in 1976.  An ordinary Joe, that works hard and peruses his dreams of being a boxer.  He struggles and works hard and he achieves his goal and become Heavy Weight Champion of the World.

The staff member is somewhat similar to the character I modeled him after.  For one thing he is Italian and I thought “The Italian Stallion” fits him perfectly.  He is a fighter but fights for his family and friend.  And this character of Rocky is trustworthy and loyal, just like the staff member.

He was my Chris Kringle that year and I put a bit more effort into the character.  That is why I added the bigger chin like a boxer and if you look at the belt around his waist you will read “The Italian Stallion”.


He really enjoyed the caricature, as did the staff. I hope you enjoy my caricature of the staff member as Robert “Rocky” Balboa.

Staff Caricature: Sylvester Stallone as Robert “Rocky” Balboa

Staff Caricature: Sylvester Stallone as Robert “Rocky” Balboa

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