Sometimes when I’m writing, and I feel stuck, I do something that’s creatively a little different to shake loose my brains.

So I decided to play around with fake tilt-shifting in GIMP, and I made this, using the Beatles’ performance on top of Abbey Road in like 1972 or 1973 or whatever the Apple studio in 1969. It’s not great, but it’s not bad for my first ever attempt at doing it.

Wander Over Yonder Real-World Heights

Brought to you by a cartoon nerd who spent the night looking up obscure banjo facts and playing with GIMP to figure out the sizes of characters from a kid’s cartoon instead of studying. 

Wander: ~37in / 3′ 1″ / 94cm

Sylvia: ~63in / 5′ 3″ / 160cm

Peepers: ~26in / 2′ 2″ / 66cm

Lord Hater: ~74in / 6′ 2″ / 188cm

Watchdog: ~30in / 2′ 6″ / 76cm

Average Real Human: ~66in / 5′ 6″ / 168cm

This all started because I was wondering what kind of banjo Wander owned. (This seems irrelevant but hold on a minute.)

Banjos are generally categorized into 5-strings and 4-strings. Wander’s is obviously a 4-string because it… has 4 strings… and lacks this knobbly bit that holds the 5th string.

Banjos are also categorized by how long their scale is (This is found by measuring the distance between the bridge and the farther end of the fretboard). Here’s a selection of 4-string banjos and their scale lengths in comparison to Wander’s banjo:

Wander’s banjo’s proportions seem to fit best with the plectrum banjo, so I’m sticking with that.

This realization allowed me to measure the characters because a plectrum banjo’s scale needs to be roughly 26 inches. Instruments can’t be shrunk or grown willy-nilly; their sizes have a big influence on the way they sound. It’s like the difference between a cello and a violin.

So, the scale becomes a 26 inch ruler!

I think my measurements have a wiggle room of 4 inches. Anything below or above that would make Wander’s instrument more of a ukulele or bass than a regular ol’ banjo!

Or maybe it doesn’t matter because a cartoon banjo can sound like anything at any size because it’s a cartoon. *shrugs* But, this still makes too much sense for me to ignore.

LOGO Evolution 2011-2016

Made in 2011. There was a logo before this, but it is long forgotten (can’t find it anymore). Made using GIMP.

Created in 2012. One year development. Completely redo the whole logo, but keeping the same font and playing with the sizes. Made using GIMP and Photoshop CS6

In 2014, after I gained more knowledge from Graphic Design career, I gave myself the chance to properly adjust the logo using vectors. Created two variants: once with that “looking-glyph” and w/o it.
The logo without the graph was meant to be used for promotional only.
Continue keeping the same font.
Made in Adobe Illustrator CC.

THE NEW ERA. 2016 - Going for a new step-
Created in this year. The graph was completely eliminated. Applying the same font base, changed some letters for it to be more unique. The outline thickness reduced to avoid visual heaviness/weight in the logo.
This is the logo that you will be expecting in the upcoming chapters and new promos, etc.
Made in Adobe Illustrator CC.