I can't draw a realistic person to save my life, but I wanted the story I'm writing for Blaze to look like it had hand-drawn illustrations. The solution for this is the photo-editing features on Photobucket. I am able to change my photographs so that they look like sketches, erase any background I don't want, print them out, and color them with colored pencils. It's like having custom coloring pages.
The black and white sketch stage:
After coloring with pencils: