The Feeling Better original design for Cbeebies, which formed the basic 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.
I am a professional puppet maker and creature creator. Also I design, illustrate, sculpt and fabricate. I have a performance background as both an actor and puppeteer. So when I develop characters and build puppets I always approach the project from the point of view of the performer. Due to this I strive to build characters that are engaging and believable, whilst making them a joy to perform. Allowing the puppeteer to get the maximum and most versatile performance out of them. I have worked in puppets and creature FX for a number of years; spanning TV, Film, theatre and online mediums. Please do take a look through my galleries: puppets, Illustration, sculpture, Design or you can look over my experience to see some of the clients and projects I have worked on over the years. if your interested in any of my work please don’t hesitate to contact me.