An angry set of eyes on this little girl — but is she really that angry? This is only partly drawn from life, or more to the point, not all from one person. The young girl is the same one used for the rest of the book, Hi New Baby!, published in 1997.
But the girl was not that angry and not in this pose exactly. Since I was using photo reference, always limiting in that you have to use what you have because making something up will almost always look different that those images drawn form the photos.
In this case I was stuck between what I wanted to draw and what I had for photos. You can’t possibly plan every shot you want or need ahead of time, even if you did, there would be the inevitable change of plans, new ideas, or text changes. So instead of shooting new photos, impossible in this case as I was in London finishing this book in the attic above Walker Books just south of the river. And the model was 3,000 miles away in Massachusetts.
So I taped up a shard of mirror that was lying around onto the drawing board, and drew my own eyes, making an angry glare, exactly as I wanted the girl to look…The teddy bear pose, you can guess, was purposeful so I would not have to draw the rest of the girl’s face. I thought I just might get away with the eyes, with a little fudging, but I’d never pass for a 4 year old girl, no matter how much I messed around with my face……