Sometimes to see an artist himself, is to see their creations. To this point, check out this gathering of pictures of the incomperable Disney animator, Ward Kimball. He was a character designer on countless Disney projects, including Pinocchio and Alice and Wonderland.
How do you draw a dopey cowboy? Or, a singing whale, or a determined duck, or a conniving cat, or an angry pirate, or even a Mad Hatter? Simply look in the mirror.
You can read more about Ward Kimball here: http://wardkimball.tumblr.com