First Preliminary Drawings of Liam. . . said a voice over by the door.
"Well, hello there, Liam, do come in!" I replied from the art table where I was sketching his likeness.
"And how would you be knowin' I'm Liam then?" he asked as he hesitantly started into the room, glancing around warily.
"Because you're the only cat in the story?"
"Aye, must be it then. Where wouldya like for me to be sitting?"
"Oh, anywhere is fine. Make yourself at home."
A pause in the conversation stretched into an uncomfortable silence. Finally, Liam, cleared his throat and asked, "What is it that we're about here? You and me, I mean. Not the story. Van's already filled me in about that."
"If Van's already filled you in on the story, then I'm guessing that you also know Choco and Van have asked me to illustrate and tell the story. What you and I are doing is called preliminary* sketches. I'm trying to get a feel for you - what you look like, how you dress, how you speak. That sort of thing."
"Well, then I guess now is about as good a time as any. I need to be settin' a thing or two straight here. I ain't wearin' no golfer's hat, and I ain't giving up my feather!"
"Your feather?" I asked, wondering if he knew Henni . . . . .
*The sketches above are very preliminary and just a beginning feel for what and who Liam is as a character. The face on the lower right is my first try. The second try is a little better, but still much work to be done on his face shape and I'm not sure if I have his expression right. He's a good guy - to those he likes and cares for - with a mean face. To those he doesn't like, well, let's just say it's not only his face that's mean . . . .