Apologies up front. This was another of those visual ideas that get stuck in your brain, and have to come out. This one’s been lodged in there since one of my routine morning jogs some weeks back, seeing a California Flag sticker on the back of someone’s car. For some reason, my brain envisioned replacing the California grizzly bear on the flag with a Care Bear. And Grumpy just always seems to lend himself to things like this.
So why am I drawing a Care Bear, this long after having worked on the property? Well, all I can plead here is that I worked with these characters for two seasons’ worth of an animated series, as well as on several direct-to-video features (in both 2D and CG). Plus Care Bears also has the distinction of being the only property I’ve done work on for more than one studio. Maybe spending that much time with it, perhaps the little guys are bound to be still somewhere in the nooks and crannies of my brain, and they just have to come up for air sometimes.
Plus, the fact that some of the other Care Bears posts I’ve put up here get a fair amount of hits probably doesn’t hurt either. 🙂