Drawing cartoons of dogs has expanded my portfolio
A few years ago I decided that it would be more fun to take a pad of drawing paper and some nice ink pens to a dog event in Weston in our small downtown park, rather than haul our Bellacompany t-shirts and caps into the great out of doors. That way, I could just try to so some “luna toons” of dogs who attended with their “parents”. I wasn’t sure how this would work or if I could even manage it at an actual event. I practiced drawing a “toon” of our blind lab, Helen, and it seemed to go well, so I had some hope that this new idea would work. I took paper, pens, and plastic envelopes to protect any “toons” I might complete. As the event began, a line of dogs and their owners formed so I was kind of stuck trying out my new idea.
The greatest draw back to doing a “live” cartoon is that gazing at a dog intently is not so popular with the dog! Because there was so much going on with dog agility and just the general chaos of dogs, children and adults, most of the dogs were very patient while I worked on my new idea. They were calm and mindful! . I drew about 14 toons over a 3 hour time period before the line went away and my ability to concentrate disappeared. Perfect timing! …and I discovered a new avenue for my drawing abilities. Since that initial experience, I’ve enjoyed doing Luna Toons in my studio from photos and stories that dog owners send with their orders.
The Company of Dogs catalog sold our toon concept in their catalog the next year and I received some great photos and stories about people and their dogs. I find that it is easier to do a “toon” with a few photos and a description than to actually gaze at the dog. I’ve done a few live toons in my studio, but the models were a little nervous with all that staring and no distractions! In the park, they were too distracted to notice.