Our Stories: 3 Rachel Hannon Harrel

Rachel Hannon Harrel 3

I met Rachel online many years back when I was creating a cartoon called In Torrington Today. It featured a trolley in Torrington and the cartoon later became Nutmeg Junction. Rachel was an advocate for her city and she loved that I was showing Torrington in this way, in a cartoon.  With the whimsical nature of everything Rachel does, I felt doing a cartoon in this instance would work well.

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Rachel runs “QUAILIES KIDS“, an online apparel store which now has physical locations in CT especially one that is now at Litchfield Artistans Guild, and in February 2013, I had an “art opening” at the Register Citizen’s newsroom cafe because I was artist for the month. Rachel came with her children and gave me a wonderful gift, it was a scarf that had the colors extremely reminiscent of the trolley. It was the first time we met in person.That March I drew a cartoon of the trolley celebrating Quailies as a thank you.

The designs in Quailies are bright and cheerful, and it reinforced my idea of doing a cartoon for this particular Crayon Diary “Our Story”.

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When I started the cartoon depiction, I wanted it clear that the situation was a little “out of this world”. I wasn’t going for a serious profile piece, I wanted a bit of fun. So I drew Rachel and then immediately drew a unicorn. There was a unicorn in one of her facebook cover pages (her daughter was standing with one in the photo). I thought that would be perfect here.

Of course I wanted to show her family, Doug and the kids and put them at the top.

And Rachel does a lot of work with her church. I see her donating her time for her church’s good works in the community. I felt that was an important part of who Rachel is.

Finally I added the coat rack, so I could depict some of Qualiies Kids’s outfits.

Coloring it took some time. I used pastel and then crayon and then scraped some of that off with a pastel bar.

When it was complete it looked like a promotional ad for a cartoon, a show I’d watch! Who wouldn’t want to see the adventures of Rachel and her family running a business, doing good works all the while trying to take care of a mystical unicorn?

For more information on Quailies Kids go HERE for the website   and HERE for the facebook page !

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