In 2009 after playing Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (押忍！闘え！応援団) on my Nintendo DS I was consumed by the idea of a cheerleader heroine. But of course it would be boring to have a mannequin cliché for the main character so I thought of letting Cherry be as far from the proportions ideal as possible. So mixed with her hyper personality and incredible dreams I think she could be one meaty package for the cartoon lands.
This big gal took a few different stages in shape and form.
Actually, her original name was Betty.
This is was her birth form in 2010.
These are some sketches a few months later. I guess she gained weight pretty soon.
I already had ideas for a short story of Cherry’s origins. Here are some thumbnails.
In 2011 one of the university’s assignments was to create a poster for the next year’s student film. I still cannot remember what I was thinking when choosing these awful colours.
When I was studying abroad in CCSU (Fall 2011) I chose to do a sort of a mockup of a pitch bible (for cartoon series) as my final submission for the colour drawing class.
Here, I could explore her expressions a bit
And I think that was the first time I let Lemo play a role in Cherry’s world.
There was this woman in the university, I never got to find out who she was, but she had a really unique voice that I thought would work very well for Cherry.
Kinda weird drawing that’s depicting whats not ok to do in the show
Cherry’s high school
some quick concept work
Thanks to that colour drawing project I managed to gather loads of ideas for Cherry’s world, so in 2012 Cherry left her Betty phase. This was her peak in personality development as she starred in her own comic book and later was considered for a short film pitch.
A bit of messing around with acrylic.
She became more flexible, softer and just cuter with that giddy grin.
I live how the latest Cherry looks, and I hope to return to her sweet madness one day.