I cannot remember which of the kids asked for this fox. When you make almost 20 different animals, everything about the process feels fuzzy. And not just literally.
And speaking of fuzzy, it's astounding how imprecise my impressions are of specific animals. I mean, when I was designing their features, these were what my useless memory told me:
- pigs have triangularish ears and circular snouts.
- cats have triangularish ears and bottlebrush tails. Some have stripes.
- penguins are ovoid and white and black and there's yellow somewhere.
- frogs have webbed feet and are green. Are their hands also webbed?
- foxes are rust colored. They have fat tails. The tails have white tips. They also have white somewhere on their faces. Er, what kind of noses have they got?
So then I had to google actual images of real animals for enlightenment. I was shocked at how wrong I was about so many animal features. For example, pigs do not have perfectly circular noses (duh). And cow ears stick out at the sides of their heads, not the tops. And not all cows have horns, crumpled or otherwise. And foxes sometimes have black socks. And kangaroos have standy-up ears that are dark inside. And pandas have a big black waistband, like a negative tapir. And dragons! And, apparently, dragon eyes are not anything like snakes'. Which is all obvious until one has to actually draft templates, at which point one sits, with pencil poised over cardstock, second-guessing oneself because one suddenly and inexplicably cannot distinguish between, say, a beaver and an otter.
But anyway, here is our fox (whom Emily has since claimed as hers).
And which, by some miracle, did not end up looking like a wolf. Or a pig. Or a pterodactyl. Thank heavens for google.