Art Inspiration: Staff Cartoons In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher


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

A prime 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 caricature. 

This was the year I went to New York and saw my Beloved Yankees play at Yankee Stadium and then I made a side trip to Cooperstown, NY to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame.  To say that this trip inspired the caricatures this year would be stating the obvious.  The staff members were expecting something along the lines of the previous years caricatures but were still surprised by the finished product.

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 inspire others. 

The next caricature is a staff member I have only known a few years. Yet I consider he a good friend and a person I could talk to about anything.  Her advice, during some difficult times, has been invaluable and truly helpful. 

Geena Davis in A League of Their Own

She is naturally taller than I am and I knew that I had to make her the back catcher of the team.  The inspiration for her caricature came from the movie A League of Their Own star Geena Davis.  In the movie her character is the back catcher for a team in an all woman baseball league.  She is a strong woman who sacrifices a lot for the good of the team, which is no different from the staff member. 

I made her taller than the rest of the staff because she is, but I really took some time to make the chest protector and shin guards look like what they used in the 50’s and 60’s.  I still created her in the figure 8 shape but with the extra protective gear and the black marks under her eyes are what really made her look like a real back catcher.   

She loved the caricature but she mentioned that I did not draw her breasts like the others.  I told her that with the protect gear you could not see them but I told her, “Trust me they are there.”  She had a good laugh and everyone loved the caricature.    

I hope you enjoy the caricature of the, ‘Back Catcher’ from “In A League of Their Own”.

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher

Art Inspiration: In A League of Their Own: Back Catcher

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