Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ready to Carve

Tweaking the cartoon a bit, but I think I'm ready to start carving.  As long as the castle is facing the right way, anything else can be dealt with.  ;- p

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


First error.  Transferred the cartoon without flipping it first.  I can adjust ~ reverse the castle and Oscar's ears.  Then I can go with the flipped image.

Carve this.

Print this.

I also smallered up the castle.  It was too prominent.

I think it looks ok the reverse of how I first envisioned it.  More room for my chop anyway.  Or not.  Doesn't matter.  Maybe I'll incorporate the chop into the image.  

Ok.  Carve this.

And print this.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Board sanded and stained.  When it dries I can transfer the cartoon.

Enlarged the cartoon to fill the page.  Board is wider, so I can add trees on the sides.

I may smaller up the castle and moon, so there can be more sky.

Sassi (on left) can be smaller; border collie can be a little bigger.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Last Addition

That's it.  I cut and pasted and squished in one more doggy bottom.  No more critters, unless it's a bird or a turtle.  ;- j

Lighter version for better detail.

Sassi on the left has to be smaller; border collie can be a little bigger.  Otherwise I think it's ready to go.

Need to prep a board ~ probably 9"x12" if I have one.  May have to order it, I'll see.  No larger.

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.