The following is my blog entry related to the design and creation of the adorable, kawaii, plush soon to be released named The Votter.
On the planet Ochorecho, there lives a lumbering creature called the Votter. They are vampiric otter type creatures with a blunt rounded fangs. Because their fangs are blunt they are not biting any necks any time soon. Because of this Votters adapted to be vegetarian and they eat a lot of carbs. Because they eat so many carbs, they grow unusually chubby for a Votter. They are sweet natured, simple minded creatures. The Spritelings haven’t brought any Votters through the portal to Earth yet, but they will be doing so in the very near future.
Designing the Votter:
The Votter had humble beginnings in my sketchbooks over the past 15 years. He’s taken many different shapes. His eyes were close together, then further apart. The eyes used to be bigger. The fangs used to be sharper but over the years he’s morphed into the chubby, harmless sweetheart of a creature.
Here’s a quick sketch of him before his features got more round. After years of tweaking this design, it was time to see how he would look in 3D. With the Spritelings, I sit down and sew up the first designs using cardboard, fleece and an embroidery machine. For the Votter, this was our first design that we went directly to our manufacturer for initial prototypes.
After sending my sketch to my professional artist for rendering she came up with this amazing version of him.
As always she takes my sketches and takes them to a level that would take me a week. Her knowledge of the Spritelings aesthetic is somewhat uncanny. I don’t even have to tell her how I want things colored. I send her the sketches and she works magic on them.
After freaking out over the fully inked and rendered version of the Votter it was time to send him off to get made by the factory. Here was their second try. Yikes. I couldn’t bear the thought of you seeing the first draft.
So there were things that I really liked about it, and mostly things that I really hated about it. I think it was with this revision that I actually gave up on the Votter being a plush altogether. I wouldn’t even show it to my friends who were chomping at the bit to see the prototype. I was crushed a little bit.
So I gave up. I decided to scrap the project and just work on more traditional Spritelings. I went to bed and forgot about it. At 3am, I woke up with an idea. I loaded the Votter in Photoshop and went to down cloning and reshaping.
Here’s a window into my process. I basically make a duplication of the embroidery and move things around until they look exactly how I want them. Then I ship off the photos and go back to bed at 5am.
It’s a fun process. I didn’t give up on the Votter and now look at him!
He’s amazing! He will be available soon as a Kickstarter, so if you want to grab yourself one of these kawaii chubby monsters, make sure you like us on facebook and leave a comment that you want him!
Thanks for following along this adventure of plush design.