The Official Baby Watcher character's Art/Concept Abstract:
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 for watching over
babies and small children” says Gatica.
“And just like Wob, I respect and care for small children
and have taken the steps to fulfill the character's ultimate wish and have
made him a playable, plush toy that doubles as a decorative wall hanging for
the baby's room - so that he will always be in a baby' room - like he wished”,
MORE on the CHARACTER
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 special, meaningful unique gift from
the heart, something significant and with a purpose. I thought - the greatest
thing I could give a child would be their very own personal guardian that
would watch over them forever.” says artist, Ray Gatica.
IDEA: The original gift was a whimsical - two-dimensional, airbrush
poster, 18 X 24” (tall), 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
See at right..
See at right..
Now, through the story book, and
plush dolls everyone can share this warm thought with their own small family
members and that of friends. 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 world-wide.
the Characters PECULIAR Physical Stature: Overall
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. The OBW is a strong,
debonair, healthy, wholesome looking character by design. If he were real, there
would be no doubt of his ability to physically act as a bodyguard and
successfully watch over the children, hence his name
‘The Li’l Baby Watcher’.
Its official looking uniform was designed by Gatica, and
hand made by Mrs. Lillian Baksa, a seamstress, and owner of the Doll Hospital
in, Waterbury Connecticut. The uniform
is somewhat military looking and then again it is not. It is supposed to just
give him an air of 'officiality',
while making him dashing and debonair. It also serves to make him more of a
misfit being a cross between a funny clown and a soldier, because instead of him having a rifle over his shoulder like a
soldier, would have, he has a harmless useless candy cane with lolli-pops on top.
sculptor wound up being the design basis for the following the multicultural plush dolls
that double as decorative wall hangings for the baby's room and baby gifts. They can be seen
on the website at the following link: TheLil
Baby Watcher dolls
few months later, after creating the character, I was compelled to describe
him - this lead to writing the story behind the character” says Gatica. The
story describes the character as a lonely and seemingly unimportant,
insignificant misfit of sorts, a peculiar, disheveled character named, Wob
(rhymes with Bob). And even though, he was in the baby’s room, he was not a
toy that the baby could play with. He sat up on a high shelf - seemingly
without any purpose or reason. This made him feel lonely and all alone.
But despite his peculiarities, he was a smart li’l guy with feelings, and he
loved the baby in the story. His biggest wish was to be a part of the baby’s
life, a part of the family someday.
story ends happily, as the family finally notice him and realize how special
he is, and designate him “The Official Baby Watcher.” In the end he
gets placed close to the baby’s bed. And because of his magical
transformation, he is now a dashing, debonair hero and happy little somebody.
And the toys, which laughed at him because of his peculiar looks, now like him
and accepted him - just the way he is.
though The OBW character has been compared to the Guardian Angel, Gatica sees
him simply as an artistic character, a silent little sentinel that watches
over children 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!
Multicultural Possibilities: The dolls are non-gender specific, and since the character’s name and story can be translated into any language he can be shared with babies and small children of any nationality The dolls are available in 4-assorted hair and face color combinations, making them multicultural so that they can be shared with families of all nationalities.
The playable plush dolls double as decorative wall hangings. The idea here is that when the child is sleeping or not playing with the doll - it is designed to hang on the wall (out of the way) in the baby’s room where it performs its fanciful sentinel duty –hence the name the li’l Baby Watchman.
Whimsy Studio, the
company seeks licensees for baby products for examples: night lights, lamps,
baby and children’s apparel, baby monitors in the form of the Baby Watcher
design. Also, the OBW story can be
used to accompany baby night lights and monitors systems. More licensing
information can be found at our website. All licensing inquiries can be
directed to Ray Gatica at 281-441-9714.
dolls were manufactured in China, represented by Success Plush Inc., out of
From the gift, original
poster illustration, Gatica modeled a 17 inch tall 3-D sculptor after the
illustration of the character. This became the model for the plush dolls.
From and artistic point of
view, “I feel that in ‘The Lil Baby Watcher’ character, I have created
my ultimate, conceptual piece of art,” says Gatica.
Conclusively, I believe the
OBW can be used as a small tool in minimizing sibling rivalry,” says Gatica,
“I believe it is one of the first children's character to have redeeming
The artist also created the
color, story illustrations seen on the website in PhotoShop. The original 17
inch tall, 3-D sculptor which is the basis for the plush dolls can also be
seen on the website.
Currently, Gatica offers the soft sculptured wall hanging based on the character, and T-shirts thought his home based studio in Humble, and through the website www.TheLilBabyWatcher.net.
started, a few years ago, as a warm thoughtful gift for friend’s newborn
baby, as a simple two-dimensional airbrush rendering has evolved into the
present, three-dimensional soft sculptured doll that doubles as a decorative
wall-hanging. Since then, I have shared these lovable keepsakes with nephews, nieces
and friends’ children,” says the artist /author.
Whimsy Studio company is modeled after two prominent character licensing and marketing
companies: Walt Disney and Warner Brothers.
The OBW is for discerning families who demand more from a children's character, because he is a wholesome, positive character with social redeeming value. There has never been another character like it.
Notice: The OBW property and all its facets belong to Ray Gatica. Note to readers: The Official Baby Watcher™, The OBW™ and The Lil Baby Watcher™, and ‘The Lil Baby Watchman’™ are all-one-and-the-same. The trade names are used interchangeably by the author/artist.
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Above: This original two dimensional airbrush rendering was the original idea of what a watchman would look like if he were real, according to Gatica.
Below is the sculptor, the second rendition of the artist idea, taken from the above original poster. This design translated in to the dolls further down
BELOW: Finally the soft plush dolls that double as colorful wall-hangings for the baby's room make unique baby gifts.