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Grumpy Goblin made an appearance next, loveable even with his negative outlook on life, his softer side showing through with the care he takes over his snail friends and his higgledy train Scotty.
Then crazy Chips bounded in on the scene in his hyper manic way bringing mayhem into the mix and creating an extra irritant to Grumpy's day!
Grizel, the naughty elf and sweet Mungo Owl her side kick, were a delight to work on. I decided to give them my Great Great Grandmother's ruined cottage as their home.
Darling Albert the Badger with his village shop in the heart of Applecross Wood was based on my memories of the old shopkeeper and postman from my childhood, whose dinner you could smell bubbling away in the kitchen, down the passage behind the shop counter.
With Albert's ageing years I gave him sweet Archie Mouse to help out - I adore her tomboy personality.
Then dear Muddles appeared on my page and he took up home in the mud patch in the middle of the wood... as you do.
Other characters sit in my sketch book, waiting and hoping they will be promoted and make the cut in future series!
The journey from my drawings to global TV exposure has been a steep 5 year learning curve.
I worked alongside the immensely talented team at the London based animation studio, Blue Zoo, on the first Digby pilot episode.
The initial animation - in keeping with my vision, was aimed at a very young audience. But it became apparent that the best future for Digby was to direct the series at an older age group, so he had to grow up quickly, bless him, and lose his rounded edges.
From the creation of the computerised body moulds and landscapes, to hearing the voice actors for the first time recording audio, to the meetings discussing story lines and scripts, to being in a huge studio with multiple screens - each one showing one of my characters at different stages of production, it has been an emotional journey!
As an artist and creator there are few experiences as magical as overseeing your creations coming to life, particularly in such a high quality, twice BAFTA nominated animation.
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