Saturday, April 18, 2009

ugly dogs attack willie's book !








Why ugly dogs? I say, why not! I don't know, I found some images accidentally while looking for some online reference material for another dog drawing of a different nature. I saw these "ugly dog" photos and had to draw me some. The speech bubbles were definitely an after-thought - the drawings could have stood alone, but it seemed like the pages needed more. Anyhow, I'm not sure if Willie's book is the last I have to work on in this first round. I think it just might be. Whatever the case, it's off to Ammon today! In the meantime, can anyone tell me who has my book? I'd greatly appreciate it. :)

14 comments:

Jess said...

Hey, I KNOW that first dog-- I believe he was voted the ugliest dog in the world, right? That is a great portrait. You could make a career out of this.

There are a lot of people who want Fido memorialized in soft pastels with his favorite chew toy-- but you, I think you've got another angle here.

ian russell said...

I've been around a few dogs lately and I can say you've caught the dogginess perfectly, Steve.

I don't have your book, it passed through UK some while back - I know it made the US safely.

Sorry, guys, I've been out of the loop these past months, juggling crises and opportunities, things on my mind etc. I'm delaying things a bit - sorry - will try and get down to doing some moleskine work this week! unfortunately, all this probably means I'll have to bow out of the next round, guys. :o(

Mike Kline said...

Steve, these are great! My brother adopted a dog from the pound with one eye (right before they were going to put her down)and named her CLOE for Crazy Little One Eye. Boy that dog was loved! Ugly dogs need love too.

steve said...

Thanks Jess, Ian(!), and Mike!

Yeah Jess, but I'd probably get bored too quickly - it seems I have a case of art ADD - just can't seem to stick to one style or subject long, haha!

Ian, you live man! I noticed you stopped posting at your blog, and I was seriously wondering if you were ok. I hope things are starting to look up and work out for you!

Yes Mike, good point man.

ian russell said...

thanks, Steve. I'm fine, healthwise. I'm taking a long desired though unscheduled sabbatical from ''work'' and finding life has dramatically shifted focus, spending a lot of time outdoors, on my veggie plot or walking with the dog. Not used to so much manual work, I'm too tired for art! Things should be easier once the plants are in the soil and growing.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These dogs are super! I think the first one is my fave and the second my next fave, but I love them all. LOL! What a riot. I've had some pretty ugly dogs in my life, one named crazy and one named Gimp--he only had three legs. And a few others--and some ugly one-eyed cats, too, and a couple ugly opposoms! I love these, LOL!

Ian, if you drop out, we will really miss you, but boy I know what you mean about changing focus. I want to get back to seriously working on novels and poetry manuscripts. And we have a new cottage we've been spending a lot of time at. A lot of work. I'm hoping to blog less and do more stuff outside.

Gotta do what you gotta do! But it'll be sad, though, too, there's always trade-offs.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Also had some really ugly billy goats (bucks)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

ones with BIG horns! And they were Mean!

And ugly chickens too! LOL!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I have no one's book. I sent Jessie's off and the next one I get should be my own.

Well, actually, I do have a book, it just came today, but it's from my other group.

steve said...

Haha, thanks Mary! You kill me!

Ian, I'm glad you're alright. I miss your art/posts but I definitely understand the life shift focus. My fiancee and I tried to get on a list for a local public garden but it was in such high demand this year - we were too late. If only all apartment complexes thought smart and had public gardens!

I've been pondering the notion of scaling back online as well. Blogger and Flickr have always been my focus and I've resisted the urge to do Facebook or Twitter (not that I've remotely had the urge). I feel a shift coming on with my art too - been wanting to explore some more "difficult" territory, subject-wise at least, and it really doesn't lend itself to anything illustration-related. Anyhow, whatever avenue you take, best of luck to you Ian.

milo said...

Steve.. good job! i love these little guys!!!!!

steve said...

Thanks Milo! :)

Andrea said...

These are super Steve! So ugly, but you know that they have beautiful little doggie souls. I want a dog so bad, I would even adopt one of these!

baggelboy said...

Beautiful