Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Before the Whuddles were Whuddles

 As much as I wish it were different, I have little artistic ability when it comes to drawing and painting figures or objects. When I came up with the concept of the Whuddles, I knew that my horrible stick figures were NOT going to do.  At the time, all I really had was the idea of who/what the Whuddles were (backstory) and what they should look like. I also had no idea, at the time, about things like comps, sketches and/or whiteboards.  But, I was determined so I just moved ahead with what seemed the most logical plan - I began to look for commercial artists, cartoonists, etc.  I could go on and make the story much lengthier than it needs to be, but suffice it to say, those first contacts cost a bundle and produced very little in results.

The image below was one of the early concept sketches I was given by one of these professional contractors.  I don't have the emails from the original communications, but I do remember describing the Whuddles as cute and a combination of bear, human and monkey. 

Can you imagine if the Whuddles had ended up looking like this? LOL! Ironically after spending over a month talking to various professional firms, I ended up deciding to do something a bit closer to home, but I'll save that part of the story for another post. (Btw, if you're not familiar with Whuddles, the "Charlie and Chelsea" graphic in the upper left column of this blog are an example - in fact, they are the original Whuddles.)

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