Occuclaytions: Beagle Design
When I started this project, I decided to let animals' natural tendencies dictate which ones I would pair with my chosen occupations. For example, cats are known groomers, thus I chose a cat to represent my barber.
Detective-think Eliot Ness-was on my original list of occupations. I ended up scrapping that job for reporter instead, but kept the same attribute in mind for my animal: a strong sense of smell. It's an important one, I think, for a detective and a reporter. Gotta be able to sniff out a criminal, or at least their story!
I read once that black bears are the best sniffers in all of the animal kingdom, so I set to design one as my reporter. The majority of my sketches were bears, but I just wasn't satisfied. Trusty, the bloodhound from Disney's Lady and the Tramp, kept coming to mind as I struggled to settle on the bear. This scene in particular played over and over in my mind when I thought about animals in relation to smelling:
I wondered, too, if the general public associated bears with sense of smell; I didn't before stumbling across the article linked above.
Eventually, the bear, just like the detective, didn't make the cut, and I opted for a dog reporter instead.
I also toyed with using a bear for another occupation (see below), but apparently, bears need to keep searching the classifieds!