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.


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!


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!

Houndstooth, Houndsteeth

Unlike my last post, which was about a spur-of-the-moment idea, this has been floating around in my head for some time. I’ve been feeling anxious all night (it is currently 1:30 a.m.) because my job is getting in the way of my career. Sigh. So to work out some nerves, I decided to get something on my art to-do list done.

A literal houndstooth pattern!

For those of you who may not be familiar, this is what a normal houndstooth looks like:I printed out the pattern, and started sketching a bit over it. After deciding what I was going to do, I grabbed some reference…

Isn’t this picture amazing?

And started drawing, making sure to loosely adhere to the pattern as I went.

Then I just transfered my drawing directly onto my paper…

and painted them!

Then I fired up Photoshop (no easy task, my computer has been running very slowly lately) and assembled them:Pretty neat, no?