Monday, August 31, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 11

Very rough pen sketch of a Halloween Dachshund idea - I owe my husband for the inspiration on this one - he suggested "Doxula" a vampire weiner dog. In this drawing I have him holding a steak (not stake), but I think it would be more appropriate if he were holding a limp squeaky toy with two prominent toothmarks in it. Hope to develop this one into a card ASAP to offer on Cafe Press in my Halloweenie store.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 10

Today's dachsie doodle is a recently painted Art Trading Card, a small 2.5"x3.5" watercolor of a cart Dachshund. I'm not sure what to do with this one, but I might donate the original to one of the weenie dog rescues I work with to sell or auction for their cause. There are often cart doxies in rescues because sometimes when a Dachshund's back goes out their family can't or isn't willing to take on the challenge of having a partially paralyzed dog. Sometimes you also see bigger dogs like German Shepherds with a cart, since their hips develop problems and they need a big of help getting around. From all I've heard and seen a weenie on wheels is a happy dog indeed, as is most any animal who is loved and cared for despite their disabilities.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 9

Today's Doxie Doodle of the day is from a couple of studies I developed for a 5x7 watercolor I did a few years ago. I felt this was apropo to post for today because yesterday I was at the Tulalip Casino with my husband, playing a really neat fortune-teller themed slot machine called Clara T. I was impressed by the fun, creative graphics and game play.
I seem to remember that the original painting (shown below) didn't generate a ton of bids; it is rather a narrow niche - tarot reading Dachshunds. Still, it might make a fun greeting card to re-create with a lab or some generic dog, or maybe a cat or llama? While browsing in my old files for the scanned, finished painting I was amazed at the hundreds of paintings I've sold on eBay over the years. Considering that my take-home on Cafe press is now under $50 month since their commission re-structure (yes - ouch) I might be doing a lot more originals to sell in the near future. I imagine that after 6 years of being self-employed the time to work for someone else again may be here. Maybe a fortune telling weiner dog could look in a crystal ball and see where my art is going to lead me next.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 8

Today's doodle comes from one of my older sketch books. The writing on this little watercolor study of a longhaired Dachshund says "I'm sorry" and there are other notes outside of the scan. The notes pertain to possible greeting card scenarios suggested by the look on this weiner dog's face. I know I've seen that hangdog look on Wally's face when he poops in my office - not that he's sorry enough not to do it again. I wish his gifts were a little less...organic.

It's time to start thinking about new products and art for the holidays. I already feel behind with Christmas and Hanukkah coming in a few months. I'll be concentrating on expanding to some other dog breeds this year, so if you have an idea of what you'd like to see be sure to drop me a line.

I also hope to put more originals up on eBay soon as well. I think I smell a new poll for what folks would like to see.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 7

I'll be developing this one for products pretty soon - comments encouraged! Think this would be great on shirts.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 6

Quick Dachshund illo done in Photoshop today. I imagine this weiner dog is pointing something out - probably an empty food bowl - to a clueless hooman. I also picture this one getting a dog treat out of a vending machine. Maybe I'll develop the idea later:Meanwhile, won't someone please answer my survey? I know you're out there.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 5


Quick sketch/watercolor of a Dachshund looking interested - probably sees a squeaky toy that needs disemboweling.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 4

Study today is of a little black and tan Dachsund lying down. Watercolor and ink.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 3

Here's my sketch of the day - two Dachshunds skiing down a hill, pursuing a rabbit. I painted this in my sketchbook a few years ago, plannng to do a larger watercolor of it, but I never did get around to it. If you like this doodle, please be sure to leave me a comment!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sketchbook Selection of the Day 2

Two recent ink and watercolor doodles from my sketchbook:weiner dog sketch by Terry Pond
weiner dog contemplates its tail

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sketchbook Selection of the Day 1

Ballpoint Pen sketch of a Dachshund.

Monday, August 3, 2009

IF: Modify

This is my entry for Illustration Friday: Modify. To avoid extinction this Velociraptor's parents sent it for the first day of school following the motto: "Modify...or die." Any other motives for a dinosaur to go to elementary school are open to interpretation. This was also inspired by my 6 year old daughter, who enters first grade soon and wishes all of her classmates (and teachers) were dinos.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

American Gothic - American Doxic


Several years ago I created an illustration which I named American Doxic, a Dachshund parody of American Gothic, the classic painting by Grant Wood. I didn't like how my weiner dogs turned out (see below), so after about 6 months I discontinued the design, intending to someday re-do the dachsies.


I recently completed the new version, using the original background I had created in 2002 with its weenie dog whirligig and bone-pattern curtains but with all new doxies. The farmer's wife also has a dashund cameo and rabbit patterned dress for extra weiner dog fun. This fresh version with either two red Dachshunds or one red and one black and tan and are now available on a bunch of products in my Cafe Press shop.
I framed a print of the new version for myself and it always makes people laugh. I think it is one of my favorites.
The original Grant Wood image and my old version with its weird dogs are also shown here. You can see why I retired the first version so quickly! My mother has an old t-shirt of the original design and gets comments whenever she wears it while I stand by and cringe as she directs them to "the artist".