Timothy Lim: The Person Behind The Pig
We reached out to graphic designer and fellow cavy slave, Timothy Lim, to learn more about the inspiration behind Squishable Guinea Pig II. It's a great story!
"In 2007, I adopted my first guinea pig, George, from a friend who was moving abroad. He was already at least 3 years old when I got him. I had him until 2012, when he passed away due to his age. We had a very memorable and joyous 5 years together and his presence had an impact on friends and family who loved him for his very unique personality. A friend of mine, Brenda Snell, who is another artist up in Michigan, crocheted a miniature George for me as a consolation gift.
"When I found out about Squishable's "Open Squish" submissions, I was immediately inspired by Brenda's take on George and combined that with the Squishable aesthetic to create what I thought not only resembled George, but guinea pigs in general: small faces, bright colors, round bodies. The process was simple but the voting was a nail-biter since there were more guinea pig designs that were in the running: the victory was by a hair. I loved the final product and it makes me happy to know that this wonderful friend I had can be shared with other people as well! I am a "cavy slave", having since owned 4 other guinea pigs and now down to 2.
"I received my doctorate in Audiology from the University of Arkansas at Medical Sciences in 2011: around that time I also accepted a freelance, part time offer from We Love Fine, doing licensed illustrations for merchandising and print for companies such as Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Hasbro. I split my time between teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at the university as well as seeing patients on a limited bases, and drawing constantly. I recently branched into cover work, having done a number of comic book covers for titles such as Back to the Future and James Bond."
We'd like to thank Timothy for sharing his amazing story, and for sharing George--the adorable little guy who inspired the winning design! You can see more of Timothy's work on his website: Ninjaink LLC.