One of the most joyful projects I've worked on is a baby version of my character, Formula Juan Racer. I created the Baby Formula Juan Racer characters using sheets of felt, brads, glue, and markers. The character is based on my real friend, Juan. I have never seen baby pictures of Juan, so this is just my imagination at work. Juan's little race car was a fun accessory to make.
Cry-Baby Formula: The Wild Juan came to life because I really wanted to do a cute little plush motorcycle character. A lot of inspiration for the motorcycle came from an old Hanna Barbera show called Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch.
Baby Air Force Juan was inspired by old sepia tone pictures of pilots and airplanes. I really wanted the colors of the characters to reflect an old-time feel.
Emilio Airheart, Baby Air Force Juan's little plane, was inspired a little by YouTuber Tim Tracker (and his trademark facial hair).
For Valentines, I came up with a Cupid Baby Formula Juan.
Cupid Baby Formula Juan is a little too good at his job. Such a heart-breaker.
Trains are big with kids, especially with Loco Motion Baby Formula Juan Racer.
Coaltrain the Train thinks Baby Formula Juan Racer can do anything he thinks he can.
Baby Cribbage Formula Juan Racer enjoys living in a Playhouse of Cards.
Shuffle Feathers the Peacock proudly shows his hand.
One of the most fun versions of the character is 2000 Juan: A Space Baby. This character, who enjoys exploring the Milky Way, has his own logo, spaceship-inspired hairdo, and sidekick (Crockett the Rocket). This was the real Juan's favorite version of his character.
I'm especially happy with the solution I came up with for Crockett the Rocket's exhaust flames (red fake fur).
Baby Grand Piano Formula Juan Racer is a little bit Elvis, a little bit Conrad Birdie.
This flashy baby is especially proud of his music note hair, which doubles as the letter "J".
Baby Blue Sea Formula Juan Racer is ready for oceanic adventure.
Christopher Crossailboat takes inspiration from singer Christopher Cross, as well as Disney's Robin Hood.
Baby Formula Juan Racer Bottle Sky Rocket is a slick infant superhero. He's so cool, he has two logos: one on his costume, and one in his hair. A lot of his look is based on the Mexican Flag, with the color scheme, eagle, snake, and cactus.
Buggy Baby Plundercarriage is a bee themed baby carriage criminal.
One day I hope to see Baby Formula Juan Racer on the big screen in a movie and on toy store shelves.