Meet Some Real Characters!

Let me introduce to you….

Belle Hecock, who is Burrell’s mother:

Aunt Hattie Zeller, who is Belle’s sister:

And Uncle Edward Zeller, who is Hattie’s husband:

Here are the models that subjected themselves to my picture taking, posing, and imposing!

Fortunately, they are all family, so I can torture them as much as I like. And I think they sometimes enjoy hamming it up for me.

Where Do These People Come From?

If you have ever pondered the question “Gee, how does she draw the same character in so many different poses?”

I have models. I tell them the story line, ask them to imagine what is happening, and then tell them to REACT impulsively to the scene. I like lots of exaggerated facial expressions and over-acted movements so that the camera captures an image I can turn into a “cartoon” figure. For example, on the first page of chapter 2. Scene: Hecock is holding his new baby cousin, who is obviously wet. First here is the photo of Steve, my Hecock model:


I do an ink drawing, changing the clothes, and, of course, drawing a baby in his hands rather than a rolled up sheet! I have to tweak the facial features because Steve has a longer nose, and a square jaw, unlike the slightly upturned nose and angular jaw of Hecock. You may have noticed the drawing is a mirror image. It worked better with the page layout to flip the image.

Next, I will show you Finzel’s model.