I was always into technology but the tech wasn’t up to much when I was younger so I drifted aimlessly for a few years after leaving school not knowing what to do with myself. Windows95 changed all that and made computing available for the masses for the very first time. Windows95 changed the course of my life. Pretty ironic considering how rubbish an operating system it was but at least it was an operating system
The idea for Donald from Skye came from a drawing that my 6 year old niece (at the time) did. It was hanging in the kitchen wall for years and I called the drawing “The Pinkies”. The drawing was of her, her 2 brothers and her sister and I thought it was great because it made me laugh. I could see this family she had drawn on TV, they were Simpson like in a way. So one day in early November 2017 and after there being big problems in the press about Skye all summer, whilst looking at her picture, I came up with the idea of a tourist Mascot for the Isle of Skye and how he was going to try and resolve some of the issues the island was facing. And my now 11 year old niece would draw him.
The original idea was to create a soft toy and sell this toy in local shops with the goal of turning him into a TV/website character. So this is what we did. She drew Donald from my ideas of what features he would have, what he would wear and how he would roughly look. What took off from that drawing in my mind even took me by surprise and the current creation all stemmed from there. As it progressed, more ideas were coming to me with the direction he should be taking and the idea of 3D animation mixed with real footage was an early part of the vision. So when the soft toy turned up, we were all a bit deflated. It just wasn’t cutting the mustard. That then put the focus on turning Donald into a 3D character which is what we have now. I don’t know how many hours I’ve put into it, lost count a long time ago but it’s taken 1 year to produce from concept to launch.