How We Made our First Twanimals

We had a lot of options of Twanimals to make first, Girolphin, Dorkeypine, Toldfish, Bouse, Sturtle, and many more. I didn’t know which ones to choose. My dad suggested that we do a survey with the kids in my class. It’s called doing market research. I got right to work on the computer. I would draw pictures of each Twanimal next to it’s name and a description of what two animals it is made of. Then I left a blank line for my friends to enter their vote. Here is how the directions started: My dad, John Lerch, and me, Mary Lerch, are starting a company called Twanimals, which means “two animals”, but we haven’t quite gotten started yet. So we need you to help us out by voting on your favorite Twanimal and maybe even helping us create one! Here is what the survey looked like: Bouse got the Read More

We had a lot of options of Twanimals to make first, Girolphin, Dorkeypine, Toldfish, Bouse, Sturtle, and many more. I didn’t know which ones to choose. My dad suggested that we do a survey with the kids in my class. It’s called doing market research.

I got right to work on the computer. I would draw pictures of each Twanimal next to it’s name and a description of what two animals it is made of. Then I left a blank line for my friends to enter their vote.

Here is how the directions started: My dad, John Lerch, and me, Mary Lerch, are starting a company called Twanimals, which means “two animals”, but we haven’t quite gotten started yet. So we need you to help us out by voting on your favorite Twanimal and maybe even helping us create one!

Here is what the survey looked like:

twanimal survey

Bouse got the most votes, Girolphin got the second most votes, and Dorkeypine got the third most. So we made Bouse, then Girolphin, and finally Dorkeypine.

Next we wanted to have illustrations made of the Twanimals. We used a website called Guru to find someone to be our artist.  We put a post out that said we were looking for artists to draw our Twanimals and over 35 artists told us they would do it.  We looked at the work of the artists and chose Fanny Wen and Rondi Kutz to draw them to see which we liked.

Here was Rondi’s drawing of Girolphin:

Fanny’s drawing of Girolphin

It was a hard choice but after Fanny and Rondi had drawn Girolphin, we decided to pick Fanny to do our drawings and had her draw Bouse and Dorkeypine next.  The illustrations she did are now on our website.

My next blog post will be about how we got the plush prototypes made!

How Twanimals Came to Be

How Twanimals Came to Be I first thought up Twanimals in December 2017 by asking my dad what his 2 favorite animals were, and combining them on our whiteboard. I made Bouse by drawing a mouse body, then adding a beaver tail, big teeth, and mouse ears. I also made up other Twanimals that are not posted on our website, for example: ⦁ Sturtle (starfish-turtle) ⦁ Darrot (parrot-dinosaur) ⦁ Toldfish (tiger-goldfish) ⦁ Morm (monarch-worm) ⦁ Chrab (cheetah-crab) ⦁ Dat (dog-cat) ⦁ Mebra (monkey-zebra) I kept on adding Twanimals on our whiteboard, so that soon we had a whole collection.  Here is what our whiteboard looked like that night: Here’s the first picture I drew of Bouse: Even though I made up Twanimals, my dad had the idea of turning it into a company. In a way, that makes us business partners! It was a hard choice deciding what our first Read More

How Twanimals Came to Be

I first thought up Twanimals in December 2017 by asking my dad what his 2 favorite animals were, and combining them on our whiteboard. I made Bouse by drawing a mouse body, then adding a beaver tail, big teeth, and mouse ears. I also made up other Twanimals that are not posted on our website, for example:
⦁ Sturtle (starfish-turtle)
⦁ Darrot (parrot-dinosaur)
⦁ Toldfish (tiger-goldfish)
⦁ Morm (monarch-worm)
⦁ Chrab (cheetah-crab)
⦁ Dat (dog-cat)
⦁ Mebra (monkey-zebra)

I kept on adding Twanimals on our whiteboard, so that soon we had a whole collection.  Here is what our whiteboard looked like that night:

Here’s the first picture I drew of Bouse:

Even though I made up Twanimals, my dad had the idea of turning it into a company. In a way, that makes us business partners! It was a hard choice deciding what our first product would be, there were so many choices, video games, key chains, stuffed animals, books, and more! We finally decided on stuffed animals for our first product, and books for our second. We chose stuffed animals because we LOVE stuffed animals, and thought that Twanimals would make the cutest ones ever.

And that’s how Twanimals got started.  My next blog post will be about how we decided which Twanimals to make first, and what we did in the process of making them into stuffed animals.

Help Bring Twanimals to Life

Help Bring Twanimals to Life. Hello, My name is Mary Lerch. I’m a 10-year-old who lives in Belleair, Florida.  I would like to invite you to follow the blog I’m starting about my company called Twanimals. Twanimals means “two animals in one” which combine to make a Twanimal, like Bouse. Bouse is a combination of a beaver and a mouse. He has big beaver teeth, gray fur, blue eyes, a beaver tail, mouse ears, and LOVES cheese. You can go to twanimals.com to see illustrations of Bouse and his friends, Girolphin, and Dorkeypine. The first step in my business is to turn Twanimals into stuffed animals and sell them in places like zoo giftshops and online. Stay tuned for news of our spring Kickstarter, where you will be able to pre-order Twanimals. Follow my blog to get updated on all my blog posts. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn Read More

Help Bring Twanimals to Life.

Hello,

My name is Mary Lerch. I’m a 10-year-old who lives in Belleair, Florida.  I would like to invite you to follow the blog I’m starting about my company called Twanimals.

Twanimals means “two animals in one” which combine to make a Twanimal, like Bouse. Bouse is a combination of a beaver and a mouse. He has big beaver teeth, gray fur, blue eyes, a beaver tail, mouse ears, and LOVES cheese.

You can go to twanimals.com to see illustrations of Bouse and his friends, Girolphin, and Dorkeypine. The first step in my business is to turn Twanimals into stuffed animals and sell them in places like zoo giftshops and online. Stay tuned for news of our spring Kickstarter, where you will be able to pre-order Twanimals.

Follow my blog to get updated on all my blog posts. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

My blog will include our ideas for new Twanimals, stories of how Twanimals came to be, and updates on our progress. We would love to hear from you for feedback and new ideas.

Sincerely,

Mary Lerch