Character Design

Hum Like Hugo

As a response to a conversation I had with a child suffering with anxiety, I decided to create the Hum like Hugo picture book in order to help other children that suffer from anxiety or other similar mental health issues. The story revolves around a lion called Hugo, who feels pressure to meet the certain expectations of the other animals. He feels pressure to be as brave as a lion even though he is frightened of the dark, water and loud noises. He worries as to what the other animals would think of him and so he feels anxious, worried and alone. The illustrated story aims to help children suffering from similar emotions to Hugo by encouraging them to talk to someone and also hum, following research into the benefits that humming can have in calming and soothing anxiety.