Cowboy groundhog with lasso and branding iron cartoon character mascot created for horse trailer manufacturer Shadow Trailer. Of course, the groundhog’s name is “Shadow” (and yes, the client and I realize the branding iron should technically be mirrored). The cowboy theme to go with the horse trailer theme.
Creating cartoon animals that aren’t immediately recognizable to people (as a dog or cat would be) can sometimes be tricky. You don’t have that mental model to play off of. Groundhogs aren’t emblazoned in your mind like a giraffe is. Hopefully with the long, thrown shadow, the name “Shadow”, the idea gets across.