Sunday, November 7, 2010

2011 Dachshundicity Calendar Covers

I've made three cover versions for the 2011 Dachshundicity Calendar cover. I'd would love to see your comments on which cover is your favorite for this year. I'm not sure how many years I've been doing this calendar, but I think this is number 8 or 9. I wish I had kept track, but I've been through a lot of computers since the first one - about 3 macs and 4 pcs. The calendar will be available in the next day or so, and I will post links of where to buy it. I hope to be able to do one for each coat again this year, but that may come a little later in the week. If I were really on the ball I would have these ready to go in July of the year before!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Doxie Doodles of 10/20

 More sketches. My favorite here is the bottom picture of dogs cross-country skiing, in pursuit of a rabbit on skis. It's just what I need for the Dachshundicity calendar.
 water-skiing - note the quadkinis on the girls.
 Christmas Card idea.
 Elvis Doxley, obviously
I think the skis are backwards, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Doxie Doodles Galore!

This is a series of brainstorming sketches I drew on 10/19/2010. To see even more visit my Facebook Fan page on the right side of the page. I hope to flesh some of these out for my 2011 calendars and for watercolors to sell.

"Does this dog make me look fat?"

"2 Small Rodent Platters and a Yappy Meal with the free chew toy."

Dachshund Skeleton

"Oscar's Bad Dream"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I Vant to Bite Your Ankles!

Dachshund Halloween cards based on the drawings in my previous post are now available at Zazzle and Cafe Press. Zazzle allows you to personalize cards in case you're throwing a party or want to change my text on the inside of the cards.
The Got Treats cards are available in both red smooth and black and tan coat versions:
Doxula, the Vampire Dachshund that only wants to bite your ankles (and maybe lick them), is also available in red smooth and black and tan. If anyone is looking for a different coat like piebald or dapple, just let me know and I'll try to make those, too.

For my readers that are involved with Dachshund Rescue I am again providing Hall-O-Weenie designs for various rescue groups around the country to use. Be sure to come out and support the efforts of the amazing volunteers out there who save and foster weenies in need. Your donations and purchases save lives. I'll try to get all of their links up soon on my blog and Facebook pages.

I will probably design a couple more Halloween cards before turning my attention to Christmas and Hanukkah illustrations.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Who, Me? and Doxula II

Two recent sketches I've converted to line art. The first, "Who, Me?" is based on a long-ago painting of a weiner dog under the mistletoe. I can think of several uses for this drawing - I will probably draw a silly costume on it for Halloween cards.
My readers are welcome to print this out to use as a coloring page for their kids. I wonder if a coloring book of Dachshund drawings would sell? If you like this idea, or would enjoy more line art to print, please be sure to leave me a comment!

The other drawing is also a revision, this one from last years' Doxula, the Vampire Dachshund. I like the personality of this one better and will probably do versions in black and tan and dapple. I'll be posting the finished images in a future post! Click for a larger version to color if you would like!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Dachshund in 3D - A parody movie poster

Dachshund the 3D Movie poster is complete! It might be a horror movie, a comedy or even a love story depending on your point of view. Click on the pic to enlarge it so you can read the humorous “movie reviews.” Now available on Zazzle and CafĂ© Press in a variety of apparel and gifts:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fear the Dachshund

I have finished Fear the Dachshund, but I'm not sure I accomplished what I set out to do, which was to create a horror poster. I had worked on some phrases to include, such as "It's long, it's low; and it will lick you from head to toe" and "It peed on the rug and then acted as though it DIDN'T EVEN CARE!" "It barks, it howls, it whines and growls." In the end I think I lost my nerve, worrying that weiner dog fans would find the humor less than amusing. I eventually put "Fear the Dachshund" in creepy letters with the sneering Dachsie in the lower right of the picture to set off its low stature. I put this version up on Cafe Press (lots of t-shirts and neat-o gifts) and will work on the Horror Poster later. Any comments on this or the horror poster ideas would be great.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quelle Horreur - The Dachshund

This is a work in progress, just past the larval stages. I'm using Wally as my model, but unfortunately he wasn't growling in the picture so I am putting teeth in wherever I may, which fits the theme. This is for a Horror Poster Parody I just got the idea for. Wally also didn't have quite this crazy a look in his eyes, but I think we can all agree this look is all Dachshund.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Introducing Whine & Spirits

Blogs are like old friends - you always know it's there, you know you should keep in touch, you talk to it all the time in your head, telling it about your day. When you are drifting off to sleep at night you think "Oh, so-and-so would love this!" and then forget when its daytime, and the longer you go without actually catching up the guiltier you feel and it all seems so much water under a bridge.
So, hello Blog! Gosh, it's been a while and I am ashamed to say that the picture in my last post is only just now finished. Not that I worked on it exclusively all this time, but I think its the only thing I've finished in a while:
Dacchus, Dog of Wine is featured in the premiere design of my new series, Whine & Spirits a magazine parody I have been meaning to do for a few years now. I have pages and pages of notes and drawings on dogs and booze, and once I had the logo figured out (see above) I was ready to get it going. Here is the first "issue"

The magazine cover and Dacchus by herself are available on Zazzle and Cafe Press.

I'm also hoping to start offering small originals on Etsy soon. This bypasses the eBay fees and allows me to set a price and let it stay until it sells without taking my chances of more than one person seeing it on a 7 day auction. Comments, requests always welcome!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Doxie Doodle - Dacchus WiP

WiP=Work in Progress. I let this one sit for several days while I worked on some pond life for my website re-do, but got a chance to play with it some more today. I really like the idea of this being the Dog version of Bacchus, God of Wine, but I think it may be whining for a different caption or setting. Trying to think if this will be good on t-shirts or cards or if it has some other destiny. Party invitation? Anniversary card? Anyone out there have any thoughts?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Dacchus - Doxie Doodle of the Day

Having the most wonderful time playing with Corel Painter and my Cintiq today. Got this idea for Dacchus, The Dog of Wine, and developing it in an oil painting style. The background will involve pillows and the like. This is the painting so far. Comments welcome! Trying to get back to regular Doxie Doodles...Daily!