Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wonky George

Felicity is busy drawing a portrait of my dog, Jesse (who is in doggy heaven) from some photos I sent her. At the time I took them, I didn't understand just how much detail one needs to take on such a task, and at any rate, photographing a black dog for detail is difficult at best. Suffice it to say, the photos were lacking and Felicity spent some time trying to find pictures on the Internet that would give her a better idea of what was going on with the ears, only to discover that my little Labrador has little in common with the looks of the standard Labrador one sees most often. In reviewing my photos, I was reminded of how wonky Jesse's ears were, sitting funny on her head and never folding down to form the classic triangular flaps on either side of the head. Once I shared this with Felicity, she could finally make sense of what she was seeing in my picture.

This conversation was going on while I was reading a science fiction book which includes a scruffy back-alley mutt named George as a primary character. From the description, George is no Labrador, but his ears as portrayed on the cover of the book certainly reminded me of Jesse's ears - a bit wonkier, but not by much. It was fun sketching this critter today while I wait for the much better portrait of Jesse that Felicity is creating. In fact, in a bit of serendipity, I've just discovered that she has posted it on her blog here. Pop on over and enjoy! She has captured Jesse beautifully.

And here are examples of Jesse's wonky ears:


Felicity said...

I love Wonky George! The composition just adds to the fun too! Great to see you sketching Sheila!

Deborah said...

What a sweet face!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Truth be told, Felicity, you're part of my inspiration to sketch. I so admire what you do & your successes spur me on!