Once upon a time, there was a blank blog post, with nary a dog to be seen. It looked like this.
Then, dogs burst in by the dozen! And the poor, sad blog post was released from psychotherapy and went on to lead a life of this:
Such is this little blog post — once empty and dogless, it is now brimming with canine cheer. As am I!
In preparation for Chase the Ball, the exciting new tiny ebook, I have been obsessed with doodling dogs.
Dogs, dogs, dogs!
The new little ebook will be chockablock with cartoon dogs (I’m thinking 70+ of them). In my adventures in Realism Land, I’d fallen way, way behind with my cartooning. Time to catch up!
Big dogs, little dogs, ink dogs, and pink dogs…
Sometimes the same dogs over and over again.
Look closely at the images, and you’ll see little notes. I’m experimenting with materials — ink, black watercolor, gouache, and pen; papers and papers galore — seeking the just-right combo for expressive lines and adorable ears.
So I’m totally obsessed. I love it when artists share their behind-the-scenes pics, and these are mine — just musing with pencil and brush as the ideas pour in. I’m having a ball.
The next couple of pics are color studies for an actual, factual illustration that will make it into the book. Hooray!
It feels great to reach this stage with a couple of the illustrations — not the finished piece, but the fiddling-around-with-color-ideas stage.
I’m particularly in love with these.
More about my doggie doodle obsession soon. Stay “tooned” for updates on the progress of Chase the Ball, my tiny little ebook (which has turned out to be *gulp* a huge project; who knew?).
P.S. I count 63 dogs in this post — not including cats, birds, and unidentifiable blobs (*cough cough* that’s a seal in the waves). How many do you count?