Send In The Hounds

After a post dedicated to cats, I decided it was time to let the dogs have their day in the sun. On my desk, at least.

As much as I love drawing highly stylized, brightly colored animals, I also want to get better at drawing them a bit more realistically. I guess these guys are still very stylized, but not as much as, say, here. I decided to tackle smaller dogs, but I’d like to try drawing bigger dogs in the future as well. Maybe a greyhound or Irish setter. Or a St. Bernard.

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First up is a Pembroke Corgi, based loosely on one of my parents’ dogs (yes, I am lucky enough to get to hang out with a pair of corgis when I visit my family, as if visiting family wasn’t awesome enough already). I love their oversized ears! For the longest time my drawing didn’t look right, until I made the ears bigger than I thought realistic. But that’s exactly what he needed, larger-than-life ears!

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Second, a Pekingese. I am a huge fan of these little guys, with their flowing locks and little waddling steps. In my opinion, they have one of the greatest origin stories for a breed of dogs- they were bred to look like Chinese lions, and would be kept hidden in peoples’ sleeves, ready to jump out and bite anyone wicked!

frenchbulldog_smallThird is an adorable little French bulldog pup. I don’t know much about these guys, other than the fact that they’re pretty stinkin’ cute.

I’m hoping to use these guys in an upcoming project, so hopefully I’ll have more doggy things to share soon!

THE BIRDS

Painting birds is pretty relaxing. I love details, and with their patterns and feathers, birds are basically made out of details. So- one down, eight to go!

I’ve been meaning to do a painting like this for a while, just a big collection of some of my favorite birds. So I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to it!

THE ANIBET IS COMPLETE!

I finally finished!


I was worried that U-Z would be difficult, but I actually really enjoyed doing those letters! I think the fact that there are fewer popular animal names that begin with those letters made things a bit freer.

So here they all are! You can see them in detail at my website.

Update: due to a certain amount of interest, I’ve started to make prints available. If there’s any work you’re interested in that you don’t see available, please let me know!

THE ANIBET IS HALFWAY COMPLETE!

You heard it here first!

In a little over a month, I have completed the first half of my current project, The Anibet (Animal Alphabet, to those of you who are new around here). It’s been a learning process, and a good one. I’ve had to start considering the pieces as part of a collection, not just individuals; this has had a generally positive effect on both my animal and color choices (otherwise these would all end up being red and turquoise fish. Which, now that I think about it, may be a good next project…). 

The collection can be viewed at letterPLAYGROUND, as well as in their full-sized glory at my website.