Dog portraits: Bob and Buster

I’ve been busy at my new job (yay!) and therefore haven’t been drawing a lot lately. So here are two older drawings that I never got around to post.

In December and January I made portraits of two of the dogs in my family. This first one was a Christmas present for my boyfriend’s sister, and it’s a portrait of her dog, Bob:

This second portrait is of my parents’ dog Buster, and it was a birthday present for my dad:

I made both drawings in Adobe Illustrator using my Wacom drawing tablet and printed them on nice paper. I looked at photos for reference while drawing and made a couple of sketches on paper, which I often do with digital drawings, especially portraits where the smallest details make a difference.

Both doggos were a bit tricky to draw. For instance, I had trouble making the black lines look natural in Bob’s white, fluffy fur – but I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

Buster’s brown, shiny coat also caused a bit of distress, because it catches the light in a cool way. I was very out of my comfort zone, and that drawing turned into more of a digital painting and ended up with many, many layers of colour before I was happy with the result.

Both dogs are lucky to live in very dog-loving families and are blissfully ignorant that they’re now models and both have fur that’s very difficult to draw.

Dog portraits: Bob and Buster

Blob dogs

These puppers are only now realising that they’re on summer break. And it’s a very blobby feeling! (Yes I’m on summer break from today and my brain is a blob).

You’re welcome to print out the blobby dogs and put them on your office door (or wherever you work) to let your colleagues know when you’re away for the summer. I put a less creative tiny note on my door today, since I hadn’t made these blobs yet. Maybe I’ll make a “back to work” or “Hello I’m back” version in August.

This blob dog was the first one I doodled:

It showed up in the middle of another drawing and inspired the making of the rest of the pups, so I decided to honour it with its own colours (which very much makes it look like a balloon animal).

 

Blob dogs

It’s raining pets

Last weekend I went to visit my parents (and their cat and dog) and I’ve been drawing heaps of friendly pets since then. Here’s a selection:

My parents’ pets are in a love-scratch relationship (the dog loves the cat and the cat scratches the dog in its big drooling face).

I drew these beasts individually on paper and then gave them a bit of digital editing (and put them together two and two).

It’s raining pets