Left: Dog practice sketch using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and gouache on a 9 x 12 inch page in a Fabriano Venezia journal. (Edges cropped a bit because the page is larger than my scanner top.)
Today is the first in an on-going series that will run probably through the Minnesota State Fair (i.e. until September). I'm madly sketching dogs during my daily free time. I'm getting ready for "Paws on Grand" on August 7 (stop by Wet Paint between noon and 3 p.m. and one of the artists on hand, perhaps me, will sketch your pet for free).
So whether the dog is live (neighborhood dogs are already leary of my approaching silhouette in the distance), on TV, or in photos from my trips to the dog park (which I can throw up on the computer screen) I'm sketching away. I'm trying to find a groove between fast and recognizable. And of course decide what media I want to use.
Also any animal practice is always good for the year's main event: the Minnesota State Fair.
So I hope you'll check back frequently to see where the dogs are taking me. The posts will tend to be shorter. It's summer. It's hot. And frankly, I need to be sketching; and so do you!