Watcher ('The O.B.W.') 2019
A "Fanciful" Baby Watchman Character with a "Real" Purpose and Mission
HISTORY on the concept's development over the past 30 years:
NOTE: The Official Baby Watcher™, The OBW™; The Official Baby Watchman” and The Lil Baby Watcher™ are all one and same; The trade names are used interchangeably by the author/artist.
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE OVERALL IDEA: Have you ever had a need to create something because you can't find anything like it anywhere in stores? This is how "The Li'l Baby Watcher" came to being. "I created the character a few years ago for a friend's new born baby because I wanted to give the new baby a meaningful unique gift from the heart, something significant and with a purpose. I thought - the greatest thing 1 could give a child would be their very own personal guardian that would watch over them forever" says artist, Ray Gatica.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE ARTIST: "There should be no mystery behind the Official Baby Watcher; he is simply, a reflection of my caring for small children and all living things. The original baby gift presented to my friend’s child was an 18” X 24" (tall) poster. See poster at right top >>>>>>>>; a 2-dimensional airbrush rendering, of my idea of what a baby watchman would look like if he were real. After all, anyone who takes on the rigorous position of watching over a child has to be strong, alert, and of course, physically capable.
few months after designing the character, I felt compelled to describe him -
this lead to writing the story behind the character" says Gatica. The story
being shared today is the result of a few years of writing, rewriting and
rewriting, See at top, right If he were real, there would be no doubt of his
ability to physically act as a bodyguard to successfully watch over the
children, hence his name The Li'l Baby Watcher'. Overall, he is a strong
debonair, healthy wholesome looking character, by design.
See The Official Baby Watcher Storybook with Dedication Page>>>>>
STORY BRIEF: The story describes the character as a seemingly, lonely and seemingly unimportant, insignificant misfit of sorts, a peculiar, disheveled character named, Wob (rhymes with Bob), who sat alone up on a high shelf in the baby's room for no apparent reason. And even though, he was in the baby's room, he was not a toy that the baby could play with. A peculiar misfit - he had a big head, a funny face, big nose, ears and eyes, short-short legs and big gigantic boots; and, instead of holding a rifle over his shoulder, like the soldier he slightly resembled - he held a useless candy-cane stick with Lolli-pops on top. In the end, one day, with the help of his 'Voice from Within', he overcomes his fears and self-doubt and goes through a magical transformation that allows it to save the baby, in the story from imminent harm - to become a little hero-of-a-different-sort.
The artist also created the color, story illustrations seen on the website in PhotoShop.
EPILOGUE: After mommy, daddy, brother and sister realize what a big job it is watching over the baby - they form "The Official Baby Watcher Helper's" team" in their home to help Wob watch over their younger baby brothers' and sisters. See kids in T-shirts at right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
ABSTRACT ART: Being how "The OBW." was created by an artist, the concept may seem a bit abstract, but it shouldn't be...I only want families to accept him at face value - simply as a novelty little watchman with a Positive Wholesome Purpose and Mission - to rally the whole family in a fun way, for watching over babies and small children" says Gatica
Over all he is a little peculiar, funny looking character with a large head with big eyes, big ears and short-short legs and he stands on two huge clumsy looking boots. And, even though he is a misfit of sorts, a cross between a funny looking clown and a dashing, little soldier - he is neither; and instead of holding a rifle like a soldier he vaguely resembles, he holds a useless candy-cane stick with lolli-pops on top. The idea is that is is his peculiarities that allow him to be what he is. Because with his BIG ears and BIG alert eyes allow him to see and hear everything in the baby's room. He has wide shoulders, a barrel chest and big arms and sturdy, short-short legs with BIG-BIG feet to hold him upright sternly Actually, he's a funny and peculiar looking misfit, but non-the-less, he's well-formed physically.
He is a positive, non-violent, non-mushy special character with redeeming social value that no other character can claim'. They make the ultimate 'caring gifts from the heart' for all small children. I expect a discerning public, who expect more from a children's character, will support the character and help in spreading his mission worldwide.
The Li'l Baby Watcher is a fanciful Lil Baby Watchman. Even though, it has been compared to a Guardian Angel, he is simply a Li'l Silent Sentinel ™ that watches over babies and small children lovingly and dutifully - in a fanciful way, of course. He is a positive, non-violent, non-mushy special character with redeeming social value that no other character can claim' "I believe it is one of the first children's character to have redeeming social value", says Gatica,
The OBW is for discerning families who expect more from a children's character because he is a wholesome, positive character with social redeeming value. There has never been a Character like it. Even though The OBW character has been compared to the Guardian Angel, Gatica sees him simply as an artistic character, a silent little sentinel that 'fancifully' watches over children.
THE VISION is that families, but especially children, will team up behind the character and story to take care of their little baby brothers and sister's well-being. And, because the story can be translated into other nationalities, we see the character's wholesome mission going world-wide into other countries. I would like families to share the story with children of all nationalities to help in spreading Us wholesome, positive mission world-wide. Imagine a world of 'Baby Watchers', says the artist And, as long as there are babies being born, the character and concept will be apropos.
CONCLUSIVELY: From and artistic point of view, "I feel that in "The Lil Baby Watcher' character/concept, I have created my ultimate, conceptual piece of art", including the story, graphic design and book illustrations, says Gatica.
Gatica is the sole owner of the overall OBW property.CONTACT: Ray Gatica: 281-441-9714, or email Ray@GaticaArt.com, with questions or concerns.
Please see the web site: wvvw.TheOBW.net: or email Ray@GaticaArt.com. or phone 281-441-9714..
NOTE to readers: The Official Baby Watcher?, The OBW, The Lil Baby Watcher, is the ione and the same character are one-and-same. The names, are used interchangeably by the author/artist.
The above Poster is the original airbrush rendering was the basis for the 3-D prototype sculpture below.
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The above original sculpture was the basis for the plush
Below: The Official Baby Watcher Storybook with Dedication Page
The above plush dolls that double as decorative wall hangings make unique baby gifts. Read and see more.
T-shirts: The "I am Official Baby Watcher Helper" T-shirts are for the whole family to wear and have fun helping the character watch over their baby brothers and sister's well being serving to bring its fanciful mission - full circle.