The past few days have been dedicated to the creation of this character. But, who is Mel?
Mel is my responce to Minnie and Daisy; The "counterpart" of Goofy. Like Minnie and Daisy are, Mel is designed to be the female Goofy. So, I suppose the question is, why? Well, although the cartoon "House of Mouse" tries to hook Goofy up with Clarabelle, Clarabelle's canon boyfriend is Horace Horse. And, even though Goofy seems to have a love interest in "An Extremly Goofy Movie", this still does not explain Max's mother. So, my first job was, to make her look like a female Goofy; not so hard, but it took about three times to get the right Goof-ness in her. Notice no buck teeth and a less detailed muzzle. I studied some Clarabelle art work to see how her body works; which seems to be basically like Horace's and Goofy's, just more feminie. As I thought about it, both Daisy and Minnie wear bows; as has Clarabelle; hence the bows. The clothes, are just obvious; a turtle neck like Goofy, but a skirt, to make her more girly. The choice in colors for her colthes was a bit hard, but I went with a lighter orange and blue, like Goofy is usually wearing.
I swear to god, I listened to "Kiss the Girl" about fifteen times while working on this.
I would be thrilled, if Disney even considered using Mel (Full name being Melanie Goof); But, drawing her, was just for fun, and to challange myself. She's my favorite fan character I have ever made...I took a long time thinking about her concept, and went through several sketches before I knew what I wanted. Part of me wanted to make her really pretty, like a lot of Disney female dogs are, but the other part of me told me, she needs to be like her sweetheart; she needed to be clumsy, and bashful, but still, a bit smarter then her boyfriend, sweet, and understanding.
I named her after my friend, Mel, but if you think about it, the M connects with Max's name.
I hope you guys fall in love with her as much as I did when I made her. She may be only a fan character, but she is my dream contribution to the Walt Disney company. Please, please, PLEASE, do not alter her, or change anything. I water marked the hell out of this already, and even though I know the risks of getting ideas stolen from me because I am posting this on line, I wanted to show the world my love and passion for her. ...Thank you in advance, everyone.