Left: Tucker, tired out and resting after playing with us and his older "brothers" Dozer (who is also a German Shepherd Dog) and Winger (who is a mastiff and Malinois mix) for an hour. This life-sketch was made on a 4 x 4 inch Quattro grided pad with a Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.1 pen, while we (the people in the room) were talking about tracking tests and the like.
Saturday I got together with my friends Nan and Roseanne at the latter's home because that's where the PUPPY IS! Tucker is 3 1/2 months old now! (You can see Tucker at 11 weeks in an earlier post.) I am totally in love with this puppy, even though, as Nan remarked today, "The Puppy Breath is almost gone."
But he has many other characteristics to delight. The beautiful eyes, the enormous paws, the way he glides from room to room, and the way he loves to chew on my braids when I let him get up close and personal.
It has been so long since I have been around a puppy, let alone been visiting long enough for one to calm down so that I can sketch, that I was, as you can imagine, thrilled. It is so fun to discover with pen again, all the little nooks and crannies of a prick ear, or the notches and knobs of a muzzle.
Right: My second sketch of Tucker when he actually closed his eyes and napped for a bit, but slid more and more out of position, a rush against sleep! There is a lot of body that falls off the page on the right, and then the leg and tail come circling back. I kept trying to draw smaller, but I always ended up with this size and no body on the page. I've made some notes about his distinctive bump on his muzzle and a bump near his nose leather. Click on an image to view an enlargement.
Roseanne and Nan always have interesting dog news or family news to share, but of course the dogs aren't interested in that, so eventually this little guy slumped completely over into what I like to call a "puddle of puppiness."
Left: A quick gesture sketch of the now completely relaxed, totally asleep puppy. Only puppies sleep like this, molded to the earth (or in this case an egg-crate foam dog bed), a picture of complete and utter relaxation. Roseanne moved as if to get up, while I was sketching this drawing and I said, "Please, don't move for a minute," I know Tucker would have bounded up and I wanted to get at least a gesture of the whole form. Click on an image to view an enlargement.
I have no idea what color coat Tucker will have when he matures, but he is definitely getting more and more black fur on his body. He will continue to be an interesting sketching subject in years to come because of the sable coat. I love that he has copper "eyebrows" both because they are adorable, and because, with the light fur under his eye they provide plenty of points to orient myself when I'm sketching. (Remember I had black and white dogs—the perfect sketch models.)
He definitely has large paws right now!
When I put away my pen and pad we all had Chocolate Chocolate (not a typo) Cake, which I had picked up from Cafe Latté on my way out to Roseanne's. And of course, talked about more dog news!
I hope you all had a weekend with some puppy face time! Or perhaps a sketching session at the zoo. If you haven't already been out to sketch today, make a point to do it now!