I don’t think Nadifa knows who Brody is, exactly, but sometimes it just takes one to know one. The look of these two characters, like all my characters, was inspired by actual people. I find the best way to escape the artistic trap of everyone looking the same but with different hair is to draw from life. Every face is a caricature. In the case of Brody I was interested in a Mayan look which shows in her face and her clothing. For Nadifa I wanted a very serious, sleek, ebony skinned model. These aren’t exact portraits, but certainly recognizable inspirations.
Ensign Shapiro and Cadet Aslan (as I know them in my head) were born out of a search for “Israeli soldier” and “Turkish Soldier”. In Aslan’s case the person was just a background blur, but his clearly visible flat bangs, round cheeks, and pencil line beard were just what I wanted: A boyish metrosexual in fatigues.