Character Sketches 2023



The response to Cedar City Library's flagship art program, "Character Sketches," has been unbelievable. At the end of 2022, the program boasted 213 sessions, 145 individual models, and 2,396 attendees.

Tentative Schedule
Tentative Character Tentative Date
Model in cher's whites honoring "National Spaghetti Day." 1/4/2023
Only 2% of the population have naturally red hair. Join us for "National KIss a Ginger Day." 


Acual day: 1/12/2023

Mary Poppins. 1/18/2023
Waldo - Inspired by where's Waldo. 1/25/2023
Delores Umbridge (Harry Potter character) 2/1/2023
Joe or Jerry - Inspired by the Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon characters in "Some Like it Hot." 2/8/2023
Ursula (Little Mermaid) 2/15/2023
Sinbad 2/22/2023
Miss Mona Stangley - the Madam from ("Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). 3/1/2023
King Kamehameha I 3/8/2023
Inspired by St. Patricks Day. 3/15/2023
Pecos Bill 3/22/2023
Daddy Warbucks (Annie). Modeled by Mayor Garth Green. 3/29/2023
Inspired by Junior Prom. 4/5/2023
Dr. Strange (Marvel Comics). 4/12/2023
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty). To be modeled by the Director of the Library Division of the State of Utah, Chaundra Johnson. 4/19/2023
Soldier - Inspired by the Battle of Lexington and Concord; 248 years ago (4/19/2022). 4/26/2022
Frances "Baby" Houseman ("Dirty Dancing"). 5/3/2023
Emporer Claudius - Inspired by Roman sculpture. 5/10/2023
Jockeys - Inspired by the Kentucky Durby. 5/17/2023
Clara Barton 5/24/2023
Magenta ("Rocky Horror Picture Show"). 5/31/2023
Mad Hatter (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). 6/7/2023
Female MMA Fighter 6/14/2023
A "Newsie" - Inspired by "Newsies." 6/21/2023
Inspired by "Handmaids Tale."  6/28/2023
Inspired by Wimbledon  7/5/2023
Invisible Man 7/12/2023
George of the Jungle 7/19/2023
Sabriel from books by Garth Nix 7/26/2023
Bottom the Ass - from Shakespeare's "A Mid-summer Night's Dream." 8/2/2023
Madeline 8/9/2023
Rambo  8/16/2023
Spider Gwen (Spider Woman), Marvel Comics 8/23/2023
Motorcyclist 8/30/2023
Catwoman (DC Comics). 9/6/2023
Vito Corleone - Inspired by "The Godfather." 9/13/2023
Marge Gunderson, "Fargo."A  9/20/2023
Mr. Tumnus (repeat characte from prior years). Character created by CS Lewis. 9/27/2023
Medusa 10/4/2023
Percy Blakeney, "The Scarlet Pimpernel." 10/11/2023
Morticia Addams, "The Addams Family." 10/18/2023
Popeye 10/25/2023
Twi'lec (Star Wars) 11/1/2023
Rasputin, mysitcal advisor to the court of Czar Nicholas II of Russia. 11/8/2023
Stepford wife - Inspired by "The Stepford Wives." 11/15/2023
 Inspired by "Lord of the Flies." 11/29/2023
Tiny Tim, "Christmas Carol." 12/13/2023
A Christmas character like Mrs. Claus, an elf, or the Grinch. 12/20/2023

"Character Sketches" is for anyone who likes to sketch, draw, or paint, not just professional artists. All skill levels are welcome. It is part of the library's adult programming though high school aged participants are welcome to attend. Sometimes we even have photographers. There is no "teacher." Just come and practice. One thing we constantly hear from new participants is, "Gee. I wish I could draw like that." The answer from the "seasoned" participants is, "Practice. Practice. Practice."

Though subject to change, the tentative calendar for this year's program on on the right.

Costumes for models are character appropraite. They may range from flowing gowns to loincloths, but models are always draped.

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Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in the first two of Francis Ford Coppola's film trilogy. He is portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and as a young man by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II. He is the leader of the Corleone crime family, as well as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Brando and De Niro both winning Oscars for their performances marked the first time two separate actors won Oscars for portraying the same character.

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Catwoman, comic character, a wily and agile professional thief and sometime love interest of superhero Batman. Clad in a skintight bodysuit and stylized mask and carrying a whip, Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, has frequently crossed and recrossed the line between villain and antiheroine.

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Motorcycles are mainly a luxury good in developed nations, where they are used mostly for recreation, as a lifestyle accessory or a symbol of personal identity. Beyond being a mode of motor transportation or sport, motorcycling has become a subculture and lifestyle. Although mainly a solo activity, motorcycling can be social and motorcyclists tend to have a sense of community with each other.

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Gwen Stacey. One day, she was bitten by a radioactive spider and gained typical Spider-Man-esque superpowers as a result, becoming Spider-Gwen. Unfortunately, becoming Spider-Gwen would lead to one of the biggest tragedies in her life. Peter Parker, who was often bullied and neglected by others, was desperate to become someone special like Gwen. Peter conducted experiments that would transform him into the villainous Lizard, and Gwen would be forced to fight against him. While Gwen won the battle, Peter died, and the media blamed her for his death. 

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John James Rambo (born July 6, 1947) is a fictional character in the Rambo franchise. He first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, in which he was played by Sylvester Stallone. The portrayal of the character earned Stallone widespread acclaim and recognition.

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Innocent, spirited, and resolute. Despite being shorter than her eleven classmates, Madeline has no lack of courage. Her fearlessness can occasionally cause headaches for her teacher, Miss Clavel. But for all her mischievousness, Madeline is a kind girl who cares deeply for her friends.

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From his first introduction, Bottom is presented as courageous and outgoing. He is confident in his ability to play any, even all, roles in "Pyramus and Thisbe." For example, he says his performance of Pyramus will cause the audience to cry a stormload of tears. As the audience realizes, this confidence is misplaced, and Bottom is little more than a swaggering fool — indeed, an ass, as Puck's prank makes apparent.

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Sabriel and her mother died shortly after birth, but her father, the Abhorsen Terciel, retrieved Sabriel from the hands of the Greater Dead Kerrigor in Death. By her father's wishes, Sabriel grew up in Ancelstierre after living a few years in the Old Kingdom with her father. Shortly before she was to graduate from her school, Wyverley College in Ancelstierre, a Dead servant of her father's gave her his bells and his sword. She interprets this to mean that her father is trapped deep in Death. She returns to the Old Kingdom to save her father. She soon finds that she is not nearly skillful enough with magic or knowledgeable enough about her homeland. At the Abhorsen's house, she meets Mogget, and it is only then that she learns that there has been no king in two hundred years.

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In the jungle, George is considered the king. While an extremely strong fighter, he can be somewhat inept and clumsy at times. He has a habit of crashing into trees when swinging on vines. As a result of being raised in the jungle, he has no experience with the modern world. According to the narrator, he is the defender of the innocent, protector of the weak, and an all-around good guy (a description lifted straight from the original cartoon).

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The Invisible Man, science-fiction novel by H.G. Wells, published in 1897. The story concerns the life and death of a scientist named Griffin who has gone mad. Having learned how to make himself invisible, Griffin begins to use his invisibility for nefarious purposes, including murder. When he is finally killed, his body becomes visible again.

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Inspired by Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Championship is one of the four major Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, US Open, Australian Open and French Open being the other three. Amidst the four, Wimbledon is the only one which is played in traditional grass courts while the other three take place on hard and clay surfaces.

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The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate.

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Newsies is a 1992 American musical historical comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega in his film directing debut. Loosely based on the New York City Newsboys' Strike of 1899 and featuring twelve original songs by Alan Menken with lyrics by Jack Feldman and an underscore by J. A. C. Redford, it stars Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Ann-Margret and Robert Duvall.

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While mixed martial arts is primarily a male dominated sport, it does have female athletes. The UFC's decision to allow female fighters in the organization, to promote the dominant fighter Ronda Rousey, is often cited as the reason women's mixed martial arts became known to the general public. Rousey won the Best Fighter ESPY Award at the 2015 ESPN ESPY award's, beating out noted fighters such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., and becoming the first UFC and MMA fighter to win the award.

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As the name suggests, the mad hatter is a seemingly insane character that gives out riddles and dresses fashionably. His obsession with teatime as well as tea parties is a result of trying to sing for the Queen of Hearts where he was found guilty of murdering time. That and his endless conflicts with the Wonderland’s Queen has left him wondering about the passage of time.

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Magenta’s character is not much of a talker, especially during the early parts of the show. But her presence is always there. She’s also a bit childish and crazy, which is seen in her antics and actions.

But what Magenta wants is to go back home to their planet. She and her brother long for home, but they can’t do anything since Dr. Frank is their leader. They finally took matters into their own hands, killing Frank so she and her brother can go back home.

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On May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross was formed. After observing the success of the International Red Cross in Europe, social reformer and nursing pioneer Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross to provide assistance for Americans suffering from disasters or serving on the battlefield. Barton served as the agency's president until 1904.

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On this day in history the first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs. Fifteen three-year-olds raced as 10,000 spectators watched. The Derby is the longest running sports event in the nation.

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Power came to Claudius unexpectedly after Gaius’s murder on January 24, 41, when he was discovered trembling in the palace by a soldier. The Praetorian Guards, the imperial household troops, made him emperor on January 25. By family tradition and antiquarian inclinations, Claudius was in sympathy with the senatorial aristocracy; but soldiers and courtiers were his real supporters, while freedmen and foreigners had been his friends in the days of neglect.

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The female protagonist "Dirty Dancing," Baby is a young sheltered 17-year-old girl who’s life changes when on a family vacation. Baby becomes involved with the much older, Johnny Castle, and the two go on to dance together, with Baby taking over the role of his previous partner, Penny. Baby is shown to be kind, with a big heart, as she helps Penny through her difficult time, and comes to the defense of Johnny despite it creating friction with her parents.

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The Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought on April 19, 1775, kicked off the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). Tensions had been building for many years between residents of the 13 American colonies and the British authorities, particularly in Massachusetts. On the night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of British troops marched from Boston to nearby Concord in order to seize an arms cache. Paul Revere and other riders sounded the alarm, and colonial militiamen began mobilizing to intercept the Redcoat column. A confrontation on the Lexington town green started off the fighting.

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Chaundra Johnson (Director, Utah State Library Division) as Maleficent

Maleficent represents pure evil. She is ruthless, dark, devious, and will do whatever it takes to achieve her evil goals. Additionally, she taunts Prince Phillip after she captures him. Her most famous quote, "You poor simple fools, thinking you could defeat me. ME!? The mistress of all evil?" indicates that she thinks herself above everyone. Other than herself, the only entity for which that she seems to have a genuine care is her pet raven, Diablo.

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Jon Bettridge as Dr. Strange.

Doctor Strange is described as "the mightiest magician in the cosmos" and "more powerful by far than any of your fellow humanoids." He holds the title of Sorcerer Supreme beginning with the 1973 storyline in which the Ancient One dies, and retains the title thereafter, except during an interruption from 1992 to 1995. He relinquishes the title once again in a 2009 storyline, but reclaims it in a 2012 story when he proves himself willing to protect the world even without the title.

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McKenna Anderson celebrating prom.

Prom is a tradition that some historians say has been around since the end of the 1800s. But the prom as you know it today gained popularity in the 1940s and 50s. "Prom" actually stands for "promenade," though many students these days may not know that and will simply refer to it as "prom." Junior and senior prom, or JS promenade, is a co-ed dance that has been transformed throughout the decades.

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Mayor Garth Green as Daddy Warbucks.

Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks is a bald billionaire and is in love with his secretary, Grace Farrell. He doesn't like Annie at first, considering he only intended to adopt a male orphan, but he didn't specify the gender. Nor did he seem to like Sandy for some reason. However, he begins to warm up to them. In fact, in the end of the musical and the films, he adopts them as his own daughter and pet, respectively.

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Brian Torkelson as Pecos Bill.

Growing out of the imagination of southwestern cowboys during America’s westward expansion, Pecos Bill personifies the frontier virtues of courage, strength, and humor.  The mythical folk hero, first written about in 1917 by Edward O’Reilly, is said to have been based on tales told by range hands at the end of a long day of tending cattle and is in the same spirit of other “Big” characters like Paul Bunyan or John Henry. 

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Callie Bassett honoring St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.

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Kiley Bentley as King Kamehameha I

A great warrior, diplomat and leader, King Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict. Kamehameha I was destined for greatness from birth. Hawaiian legend prophesized that a light in the sky with feathers like a bird would signal the birth of a great chief.

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Aislinn Bettridge as Miss Mona Stangly (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas).

Mona Stangley – a “madam” or the owner of the “House,” presiding it over by rigid behavior rules both for the girls and their clients. She is charming, sweet, and well-known due to generous donations to political campaigns and local charity (establishing a new swimming pool, a hospital, and others).

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Troy Houston as Sinbad

Sinbad was a fictional sailor and adventurer living in Basrah (modern day Iraq) during the Islamic Golden Age (Abbasid Caliphate). He is mostly known from stories of Arabic origin, more specifically the famous account of his fictional travels found in some editions of the 1001 Nights. Sinbad is brave, cunning, and resourceful.

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Shanni Millett as Ursula.

Ursula is a very dark and wicked villain. Despite this, she has a large sense of humor. She is very manipulative. Ursula puts her henchman Flotsam and Jetsam before anything and everyone else. Ursula treats the eels like kids and refers to them as "babies" or "poopsies."

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Nathan Heyborne as Joe (Some Like it Hot).

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry, improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. 

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Jill Decker as Delores 

Dolores Jane Umbridge was a half-blood witch and a British Ministry of Magic bureaucrat who served as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic. Her time at Hogwarts was characterized by her cruelty and abusive punishments against students.

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Ryan Craig as Waldo

"Where's Waldo?" is a British series of children's puzzle books created by English illustrator Martin Handford. The books consist of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location.

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LeeAnn Adams as Mary Poppins.

Jane and Michael Banks's new nanny. She is extraordinary and strange, neat and tidy, delightfully vain yet particular, and sometimes a little frightening but always exciting. She is practically perfect in every way and always means what she says.

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Nation Ginger Day Celebration January 12th. Model: Jill Shirts.

Red hair has always been unique and striking to all of us. While many redheads are unfortunately subject to jokes and mockery, we all love their fiery tresses. Red hair occurs naturally in only 2% of the population.

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January 4 is National Spaghetti Day. Model Daniel Orgeta, graduated culinary school in 2017 and is currently the Chef at the Northfield Cafe, located inside the Cedar City Hospital.

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