I’ve always admired the work of Beatrix Potter. She paid attention to detail, and managed to add a human touch to the animals in her stories that preserved their natural looks without giving them a frightening resemblance to humans with animal heads. She was a rare success in a time when women weren’t considered equals in the business world, and she managed to become independent, much to her surprise, through the sale of her children’s books.
I have drawn a house from a painting, and a rooster from pen and ink. Both of the original works appeared to have been quick works, perhaps sketches. This made them much easier to draw, as I don’t believe I would do any of her works justice.