This was the initial approved character concept for the puppets in Cbeebies Feeling Better. The final puppets were fairly similar to these sketches, with a few adjustments in colour and patterns. We experimented with some other designs and aesthetics, before returning to something very close to this initial concept.
I was the puppet designer and maker for a major new Cbeebies TV series Feeling Better. The show, presented by Dr Radha, features two puppet creatures. They explore the complex world of emotions. Series 1 started airing March 19th 2017, and is featured on BBC 1, the Cbeebies channel, youtube and cbeebies radio.
We had a long and explorative design process. I experimented with sketches, digital drawing and fully sculpted prototypes. To try and find the right characters and the right aesthetic for the show. The BBC wanted something new and different, but something that remained within the Cbeebies world. After the initial cartoony sketches, I explored a more creature-esque approach both in sculpts, fur sampling and drawings. We all agreed this wasn’t right. As we moved forward we focused on the cartoony/puppety look and not the creature aesthetic.