Pug dog

Above is an illustration I made recently for a story about a pug dog. In the story, she approached a worker out of curiosity. Below is a breakdown of the image layers. This is the un-cropped version.

Before adding the pattern of rocks to the background.

Before adding the boots.

Before adding the second set of line work for the pug dog.

Below are the rocks isolated from the background texture, included a cigarette butt and a twig.

Below are the boots (see previous post).

Below is the pug dog, two sets of line work, with color. I'm currently using this with some background texture for my website splash page.

And here is the background texture.

I wanted to lengthen the original pants I had drawn so I drew two additional pant legs.

Below is the original line work for the rocks, cigarette, and twig (some additional elements not used in the final).

Pug dog line work three.

Pug dog line work two (not used in the final).

Pug dog line work one with teeth (and shoe/leg that was not used in the final).

Below is a gouache painting of the shoes (not used in the final).

Below is a gouache painting of the pug dog (not used in the final).

And finally here is the rough sketch.

Pink dog

Another spread from my Art House Co-op sketchbook, gouache and ink. This is my first tentative step back into gouache, first in the last twenty or so years. Not really much of a gouache piece, just a painted shape with inked line. But as I said, a tentative step.

I'm beginning to wonder whether I'll submit this sketchbook, may decide to keep it in my own collection. The way this Co-op thing works is you pay a fee to receive a sketchbook, simply a small plain Moleskin Cahier which has thin paper, not the best surface for ink. Then after you fill it up, you send it back in to be displayed at their Brooklyn library gallery.

I bolstered the thin paper with a coating of white gouache so that my brush pen ink wouldn't bleed through. This caused some wrinkling which affected the line quality in spots, interesting accidents, nervous broken lines. I also tried applying colored tissue with wheat starch glue, ala Eric Carle, but the paper was so thin that the wrinkling got a bit out of hand. So I mainly just stuck to simple gouache and ink throughout.

I reduced the palette in Photoshop (Image>Mode>Index Color) down to three colors—black, pink, and white—which transformed the lighter gray paper wrinkles into pink. So the pink line through the dog's mouth is actually the shadow created by the gutter of the sketchbook.

My intention was to draw a ferocious, snarling dog, but he turned out kind of happy, maybe influenced by the pink gouache.