Working on Making Hoozy a Doozy

Hoozy Concept Sketch Idea 1 sample_hoozy01 Hoozy Concept Sketch Idea 2 sample_hoozy02 Hoozy Concept Sketch Idea 3sample_hoozy03 Hoozy Concept Sketch Idea 4 sample_hoozy04

My illustrator sent the 4 above initial suggestions for the concept sketch for Hoozawhatzadinkle who co-stars with Clyde the Green Giraffe in my third story involving the latter.

This post is to inform those who are interested as to the initial steps and processes I use to create a new character, as well as to update those who are interested in buying the book as to what goes into it and where I am on the road to getting it published.

I reviewed the sketches and replied to my illustrator:

“So far I’m leaning toward aspects of  #’s 4 and 3 in that order. I think this will take multiple iterations.

“I’d like to make Hoozy even more unique (kind of like what we did with Wilbur) Something totally never seen before. Something so weird they don’t have a clue as to what to call it, hence the name Hoozawhatzadinkle.
“I saw a bird in a zoo last week that had a single row of things sticking up out of each side of its head that came together on the top of its head. The things were individual strands that stuck straight outward/up with something fuzzy/frilly on the top of each. Almost like a peacock’s tail but instead of on the bird’s rear it was on the middle of its his head in a line pointing to what would have been ears if he was human (and it wasn’t as colorful as a peacock’s tail).  I’d love to incorporate something like that as part of Hoozy. It could stick out/up several inches and make him even taller. Maybe even have some of it on the outside of his arms and legs and/or feet.
“I like the stripes on #4 but I think Big Bird has stripes and don’t want to evoke thoughts of Big Bird when readers see Hoozy.  Maybe zig-zags in 3 alternating colors?
“To make the fringe stand out more, perhaps he could be closer in build to #4. I wonder how a fuzzy head as in #4 would look but with the fringe sticking out beyond where his hair ends?
“#4’s eyebrows and eyes might be fine as is, but his mouth needs to look different. He doesn’t look quite friendly enough. I want him to look likable yet also a bit arrogant and over-confident for most of the story.
“Would you be willing to give some of these ideas a try?
“Thank you!”
He replied that he would come up with more illustrations incorporating my ideas. I look forward to seeing what he comes up with.
With Love,
Russ
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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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3 Responses to Working on Making Hoozy a Doozy

  1. utesmile says:

    My opininon:…. #4 is ok but the smile of #1 is much better. Too many stripes on #4… hairy legs as #1 to add to 4? I do like the fluffy head though.
    These are my first thoughts…
    Have a great fluffy hoozy doozy day !
    🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Ute. I too like the smile on #’s 1 and 3 better than on the other two. I plan to consider your comments when I see the next iteration of Hoozy.
      Russ

  2. I’m kinda confused as to which one…. For some reason I’m leaning towards number 1…. but he is mostly likeable …not maybe arrogant enough though.. He’s a different shape than I’ve seen before and the 4 arms is different… I may not be right with this character though so may not be much help…. Diane

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