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I can honestly say that the world of Charwhimble Valley came about because of love. For the early part of my artistic life, I really didn't do much of what you might call "cute" work. Odd, weird, different... but cute was a very small part of it all. Little dragons, teddy bears and the like didn't come naturally, and I didn't want to force them. I've seen many artists create work that they think will fit a commercial niche, but there is no soul to the work, since you can feel the artist didn't have any real interest in it.
Then I fell in love for the first time in my life, and suddenly I was acting all cute and cuddly all over the place! In the course of our whirl-wind romance, Cindy introduced me to the world of balloon fests. It's amazing to stand there among those huge, floating blobs of color. When it came time to plan our wedding, the one thing I wanted was to not do the standard invitation. The idea of a decorative balloon came naturally enough, but what to put in it? I didn't feel confident doing portraits of us. Then one day I doodled out a teddy bear's face- with a beard and receding hairline. I kind of liked that, it was cute, but it was balding, just like me. (Knock off that laughing in the back row!) Cindy became a lovely cat lady, and we now had anthropomorphic alter egos that we named Sebastian and Antoinette.
Then we gave them backgrounds and histories, and I did other drawings for friends getting married, and we came up with more characters, and stories to explain who they were and why they did what they did, and designs of their homes and the town and.... the world of Charwhimble Valley kept growing. At present the images below are the only ones available. But there are hundreds of pages of notes and sketches, and we hope to be able to finish up stories and books down the line. So pick up on a few of these prints now, and you can say "I discovered them before they were famous!"
By the way, if you want every Charwhimble Valley image we have available, I did a drawing of three of the characters building a giant sandcastle on the beach in the comicbook collection The Small Press Swimsuit Spectacular #1. So check that out, too!
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