Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sketch ~ Howliday Moon

Generic still.  Want to try Oscar, a better Gabby.  Size them better.  A better Meechee.

Size is variable.  I can have more trees on the side, more stars in the sky.  Then I can make it match the card shape.  Probably longer, so I might add a dog or two more (or just more trees).

Starting to draw SH dogs.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Doggy bottoms

Collecting doggy bottoms.



Beth's dogs


Signy puppy



Eusebius - Joe K's cat?
any short hair from the rear would do

generic cats from rear

generic border collie ~ wrong coloring

generic border collies

hard to catch Signy in action  ;->

Another view of Gabby

Monday, September 18, 2017

Xmas Card Sketch

First sketch.  Proof of concept.  The bright moon behind the castle and the doggies "mooning" the viewer.  ;- ]

I like the size of the castle on this one.

I like the size of the dogs on this one.

Ok, I like this.  Generic dogs as yet.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Xmas Card Ideas

Time to work on the xmas card for 2017.  Bouncing ideas around.  Here's one:

People like the idea of multiple SH critters, and I'm thinking something like this ~ only Therese would be replaced by Mrs. Claus.  And other dogs/cats can be added/subtracted as needed.

Just a concept, so of course I can use a different pic of Mrs. Claus, but it gives me an idea.

Mrs. Claus (or Santa) can have a basket of dog biscuits/cat treats (like a catnip mouse?).  Getting complex.  I'm sure I can cut it down to essentials.

I'd need pics of everyone's animals and work in what I can.  Maybe be real stylized or cartoony.


I'm starting late, so I'm not sure I'll have enough time for so complex a card this year.  Perhaps next year.

I can do a snowy tree scene with castle on a hill.  Maybe a sleigh.


Dogs from rear getting Santa treat.

Stylized breeds to match SH dogs.  I could do that.


I'm liking this wintry scene with the SH castle instead of a tree.  Tina suggests a line of doggy bottoms in the foreground, with a title, "Have a howling good Christmas!"  Not bad.  Maybe a howling posture tho instead of the Jayne's view.

Or just the line of doggy bottoms w/o the howling caption.  I can pick some recognizable SH dogs, like Molly/Tay (border collie), shepherd, boxer, Gabby, Meechee, rotties, maybe Kim's dog, etc.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Baby Kraken ~ Carvety-Carve

Working on the baby kraken.  Beginning to like the way it's coming along.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two-Block Baby Kraken

Background block is ready for a test print.  Foreground block is started.

I should run the slanted lines on the background block into the negative space for the balloon, to cover any mismatch in printing.

I'll print the background block in a blue or a blue-green.  The foreground block will be printed in black, with pastel added afterward to make the elements bright.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Nicky & Gabby Blocks

I want to print up my Nicky and Gabby blocks, but Signy's a bit of a drawback.  Right now she's in heat, so there's no sending her off to SH for the day.  So I need to come up with another idea.

It occurred to me that I used to wet the paper (especially for oil-based inks).  But it also works with water-based inks.  I can set up the card table(s) and soak and blot my paper.  Then I might try printing with a baren, counting on the damp paper to take up ink more easily.  At least I'd like to try it.

I'll only be printing b&w and adding pastel color later.  Just spots of color.

And here's mir image of the blocks.  Possibly print more of an ocher colorway?