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“It’s Carl Week”—Not Nearly Over

October 25, 2012

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Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch of Carl in 7 x 9 inch handbound journal I made with Magnani Annigoni Designo paper.  

People ask me, "So what is Carl really like?" 

You'd never know it to look at him, but he's a bit of a goof. Loveable. Very loyal. And extremely funny (and he never, ever puns). 

Don't know who Carl is? You can check this link for his first appearance here. Or you can click on "Carl" in the category list in the left column.

  1. Reply

    I’ve just been looking at your Daily Dots sketches. How wonderful these studies are.

  2. Reply

    Thank you Bridget. It has been almost 10 years since Dottie died (it will be 10 in January), and even now I get ready to go to bed and think, “wait I haven’t drawn Dottie.” Habits are difficult to break when you really love the “object.”

    I still listen for her at night (nails on the hardwood floor) and her breath next to me. I miss working in the field with her, seeing her work out complex problems with ease and joy. I’m glad every day that I like doing daily projects and had the good sense to start one involving her!

    If you have animals at home I hope you’ll start sketching them. You’ll be glad you did.

    Carl isn’t warm, soft, fluffy, and he really doesn’t care about tracking at all (though his nose is very good). But we do get to have adventures.

    Thanks for writing in. Dottie was much more beautiful in life than I was ever able to capture her in a drawing, but it was always worth the effort.

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