I created this series of illustrations to briefly summarize the scope of services this business provides. The assignment was to walk customers through “a day in the life” of a dog at their location. From that prompt I came up with the storyboard, characters, color palette, and overall design. I also wrote it, but I’ve covered the words here.
The turnaround on this was tight, so I kept colors minimal. Bare bones backgrounds and unfussy brushes kept it spontaneous without sacrificing neatness.
I drew these frames from a video I took of a very happy dog I was walking.
I keep a sketch pad on my desk for when my computer hangs up, and this week it hung up quite a bit (I’ve been asking a lot of it lately). So I worked on this sporadically, since pencil and paper never hangs up or needs more RAM. Relaxing too, made the time pass quickly until I could get back to work! It’s 12 frames and the timing was all guesswork, as I’ve never made an animation on paper like this.
Not too bad for a first try, I think. :)
This year, I finally did it! I made an ink drawing for every single day in October. Thirty-one unique drawings with my trusty crow-quill pen (and one in ball point). I’m so proud! I only fell behind twice during the very last week.
Using the “official prompt list” by Jake Parker, I [mostly] based each drawing on events and dogs I’ve seen at my various dog-related jobs. It was the structure I needed to stick with the challenge!
They’re all up on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’re reading this much later though, save yourself some scrolling and look below.
These are my top six favorites:
All thirty-one (in reverse chronological order):
I even tried a little animatic. Be advised: do not watch this if you are eating!
[EDIT 6/13/17 – Preorders are closed, thanks everyone! Buy the book here]
BIG NEWS! I will be printing 100 paperback copies of a picture book I wrote and illustrated a couple years back. “What is a Dog?” is a project that I’m so proud of and I’m excited to have the opportunity to make this short run of books. HUGE thank-yous to everybody who bought the .PDF version on Gumroad. All the proceeds from that went right into this!
So while we’re waiting for these books to be produced, I thought I should at least get a headcount to get all these books out into the world. Claim your copies by filling out
this form — it’s a first-come, first-served kinda deal. I’ll be signing each and every copy!
If you haven’t read the book, I don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you everything. First let me say that it’s not so much a story as it is an exploration. Cute dogs are only part of the equation, and it’s up to the reader to sift through the various tears in both reason and reality. What is a dog, and where do you draw the line?
I’m also gathering reviews to give you the general flavor without giving too much away:
“What is a Dog? Is a fun, kooky, informational, and short journey about something we all love: dogs! It features amazing illustrations and a diverse cast that shows appreciation for every sort and type of pooch. If you love doggos, this book is for you!”
– Joshua W.
“Young kids will love finding the dogs (and non-dogs), but older kids will definitely enjoy its edges.”
– Maureen M.
I’ve selected six of my Doggy Alphabet paintings (sans letters) to be printed on 5.5″x4″ notecards! The cards are blank inside and can be used for whatever occasion you can think of.
Click on over to my store and grab a pack!
These adorable dogs and cats were commissioned as gifts for friends of the client. I love the challenge of capturing an animal’s unique personality!
All of these portraits are 5 x 7″.
“Mable” and “Owen” [watercolor and Micron pen]
“Tiny and McKenna” [pencil]
“Batsy” [ink and watercolor]
“Tucker” [ink and watercolor]