SkADaMo: Circling my character

My new character is a girl, about 6, with dark hair and eyes, long braids, and just a little on the stocky side.

She has a hat covered with souvenir pins, a few from her adventures and more from her hiking grandma. She wears a couple of friendship bracelets, and has a keychain or two hanging from her backpack zippers.

When I “invent” a character, I use  elements of memory and imagination, then try to bring those into the real world of contemporary childhood.

Some aspects of childhood remain constant through history but every era adds its own overlay of style and technology. My struggle today is to create a character who is both timeless and today.


One who won’t look too quaint if this book is in print in 20 years–or 50, fingers crossed!girl_2:web

10 thoughts on “SkADaMo: Circling my character

  1. June says:

    This young girl is so believable… I could pass her on the street and would smile at her hat badges. I think this is a fab character sketch. Really nicely done.


    • I’m thinking about the badges, June. She is kind of young to have collected so many herself, so some may be vintage from grandparents and parents. I need to find good reference for those.


    • Thank you Susanna, just yesterday I got a introduction to to little girl who is eager to pose for me. Although I love the out-of-my-head-sketch phase, having a real human to draw is so exciting.


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