Jess Hutch.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

squirrel costume

Okay, so here's June, a human in a squirrel costume. She wears this costume because she lives among the squirrels. Squirrel Ghost is her pal, and helps her out. He teaches her about squirrel culture and society, etc.

I enjoy creating little characters, whether in drawings or as toys, but up to this point I have been reluctant to give them backstories or even names. I think I wanted to leave that up to the person looking at the drawing or the toy. Also, I feel pretty comfortable with the visual stuff at this point, while creative writing and story-telling is way more difficult for me. But with June and Squirrel Ghost I've had such a good time figuring out what they're all about. I've even sketched out a few small comic strips dealing with their adventures in the squirrel world and the human world, which I hope to share at some point. Woo!

I'll keep posting these drawings while I continue to plan for future projects, including more toys. This is fun, thanks for all the kind comments!


At 9:42 PM , Sasha said...

When are you going to sell pictures or tshirts?
love the squirrel ghost and june!

At 8:17 AM , LALA dex press said...

I did some work in the rare books department at my university + we would have artist book exhibits. One show was a series of wax incased books which were initially beautiful, but as the director put it "one trick ponies."
It can be a challenge creating a seemingly simple piece, but a piece that someone will enjoy for a period of time. Your pieces are wonderful (+ I am still loving the frames) + whereas the above example does not apply to what you create, the back story makes each "character" more rich and interesting. Please continue.

At 11:26 AM , shash said...

i sense a story coming on here. love june in squirrel suit!

At 6:37 PM , Jane said...

I love June and I'm glad you're having fun.

At 7:25 PM , Rose said...

I'd love to hear more about adventures in the squirrel world!

At 2:18 PM , cynic the lamb said...

Dear lord those are cute! I have such a soft spot for squirrels, too. I can't wait to see these as toys.

At 11:07 AM , jessica said...

I can't complain about anything done with squirrels, this is awesome!

At 8:32 AM , Pastor D said...

Very cool stuff. Love your site as well.



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