Today’s passing of Yvonne Craig inspired Frenchy to pose for this retro Batgirl Sketch
Card based on Yvonne’s portrayal of the best batgirl ever.
This is only my second sketch card and only the second time I have ever used markers. The Copic markers are so sweet! The do whatever I want them to. I am so amazed. These markers are so freaking expensive, but worth every cent.
I wanted to give Frenchy what innocent, flirty eyed look that Yvonne Craig always gave to the Batgirl character, but I preferred this serious look better. To me it says, “Yvonne was a bad ass who broke boundaries”.
Yvonne Craig’s official website confirmed she had been suffering from breast cancer, which in turn spread to her liver. She died at her home in the Pacific Palisades on Monday, surrounded by her immediate family.
Her website stated the following, “Having spent time with her over these past months, she made her wishes known to me and made me promise I would pass them along.”
“Wish Number One, is that her family, friends and fans would know how much she loved them and always treasured her time with them. Wish Number Two, was that no one waste a moment of their time in mourning for her loss in sadness but instead celebrate the awesome life she had been fortunate enough to live. She felt that she lived a wonderful life and was blessed in many ways.
“She was able to travel the world and see many places. Yvonne spent quality time with those that she loved and was able to accomplish many goals and ambitions that she set for herself. Yvonne excelled in ballet, a film career, a business life, as well as in philanthropic and charity work over the years. She had been able to do this with joy and much laughter and she wouldn’t have changed a thing. Well, maybe one thing and that would have been not to get cancer.
“She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body. This didn’t dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up.”
Yvonne Craig will always be remembered for her role as Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl on the Batman television series. Man, I loved that show as a kid. She did not join the show until the third and final season, but her short time on the show built an important legacy as she became such a huge role model for kids through generation after generation thanks to syndication.
She began her career at The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and, as a trained dancer, was able to perform her own stunts alongside Adam West’s Batman. Trekkies will remember her from her appearance as Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of the original Star Trek series. She also starred opposite Elvis Presley in two films, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins”.