In the first pic I drew her during the time she would have still been with the French Resistance. She earned the nickname "Ginger" from her husband initially, but it was picked up by her comrades who often joked about how spry and "on-fire" she always was. It was a slight jab at the color of her hair, which was a dark shade of auburn.
Obviously her second portrait is a while after the war had ended, when her life transformed from the rough and tumble of war to the relative calm of being a housewife. Of course, being a single mother during a time when it was considered taboo doesn't make the transition to "normal" life any easier. :v
(I suppose I could slap a bit of basic color on this to make it come alive a little more. idk I really should get in the habit of coloring more of my art PROPERLY)
so yeah the date is different on this because I drew it several weeks ago but forgot to post it. oopies
well originally, since she was meant to be an expansion of the character from Ratatouille, I did have her related to Larousse. in my fanfiction canon, she is Larousse's great aunt, and she was indeed a part of the French Resistance in her younger years. (to explain the gas canister, shotgun, and WWII-era helmet she uses in the film. ) She was also made to be a link between Horst and his German-esque features, which is why I created Mallory, to bridge that "gap", since it would have fit in directly with the timeline. However, her story evolved enough that I could break it from Ratatouille entirely if I wanted to, and re-write it as an original story, which I plan on doing.
So to answer your question, it's a bit of both! I can really use her and her story either way, but since I have plans to write it out as a novel someday (hopefully!), I don't post a lot of art or writings pertaining to it. C: