Hi Fans! 😍
If you've been following the posts, you know some of the plans for this Fall season of Captain CHOO.
I don't think I mentioned this aspect of the plan, because I wasn't sure I was going to allot part of my schedule to it...but HERE we are.
Why? Most of my books have been very well received, but I noticed a definite hesitant trend with "The PIG in a WIG" in the more conservative crowd.
As an artist, you have to be open to constructive feedback, and willing to make changes, to continuously improve your craft, and to please the fanbase.
All of my characters are depicted using the time-tested approach of ANTHROPOMORPHISM.
This means Animals are drawn with HUMAN physical (and emotional) traits, which are typically greatly exaggerated in cartoons. Big studios like Disney and Pixar have done this for decades, (think Bugs Bunny, Wily Coyote, Mickey Mouse etc.)
There is a good reason for this. Cartoon characters need to convey their personality, feelings and intent very quickly and clearly to the audience in a story, especially for children. Historically, people have the easiest time interpreting Human-like body language, expressions and mannerisms.
When I drew "The PIG in a WIG" it was no different than any of my other creatures.
All are anthropomorphic, and, being animals, typically don't wear clothes. However, the Pig (being pink skinned) made her look a little too "nude-human" for some of the fans.
That was never my intention in drawing her. Also, in posing her, I was trying to convey her shallow obsession with physical "looks" rather than deeper substance that counts.
However, when an artist gets enough consistent feedback he/she should consider it.
I do, and, objectively, I can see how "PIG" might "rub" some people the wrong way.
HENCE, I have started to re-draw "PIG" in a more animalistic way, (more of a Pig body, and careful with poses) to reduce the risk of offending somebody.
It's going to be considerable extra work (that delays starting the next book,) but I think it's worthwhile. You'll never please Everybody (and shouldn't try,) but when I noticed the discrepancy in sales I requested honest constructive feedback from loyal fans. Considering that info, I want to appropriately modify drawings in this book, before I port it and all of my other books to Amazon and other vendors.
"PIG" has a Fantastic story, so it would be a shame for it not to reach its full potential over fixable things.
The PIC is a side-by-side comparison of the Pig on the Front Cover; Original on left, and redrawn/completely re-posed on the right.
I look forward to sharing the SECOND EDITION of "The PIG in a WIG" when it is complete, at which point the First Edition will be "closed," and anyone who has a copy will own a limited collectible item! Thanks for your patience.
Dave Chouhan, AKA Captain CHOO💖