bible story models

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by mountain girl  |  3 Comments »


While I was studying illustration at Cazenovia College in upstate NY, I interned under Cheri Bladholm.  She is an amazing illustrator and a really sweet person–one of my favorites. 🙂

I loved working with her, and gathering reference photos for her paintings was one of my jobs. She was working on a book called Tell Me the Story of Jesus, and I photographed members of my family so she could paint them into the scenes. She gave me a copy of the finished Bible, which was really cool, since we were in it!

Fast forward 15+ years and I just made contact with Cheri again. She’s working on a children’s Bible right now. We were talking about it, and she said she wanted some redheads for a certain scene. I happen to know two quite well, so I was happy to get photo reference for her after so many years–and the reds were happy to pose–for a minute!


The scene is the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. David stood in for a disciple, while Zia and Cash posed as kids gathering leftovers into the basket. We used sweet potatoes for little loaves of bread, and I got as many pics and poses as Cash’s patience held out for, LOL.


Cheri just sent me a photo of the finished painting. The kids identified themselves right away, and even David looks like himself (before his haircut!) I love the color scheme she used, and I am really excited about having redheads in a New Testament story, since I don’t think I’ve ever seen any portrayed. Ruddy King David must have had some red-haired descendants, though!

We are so looking forward to reading this children’s Bible once it is finished. Thanks, Cheri!









3 Responses to “bible story models”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Wow!!! There they are!! What a great likeness! She did a very good job on all of them!! Love, Mimi

  2. Your Lion says on :

    Awesome! Love you HUGE /:O)

  3. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeee..this is really nice – a beautiful work of art! Luv, mom

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