Friday, April 16, 2010

Illustration Friday-- Detective


While any dog can be trained to do detective work, (my rescue-guy knows of a chihuahua currently being trained!) German Shepherds are pretty typical because of their intimidating appearance.

You guessed it, this is the "G" to a dog alphabet!  I love creating alphabets because it gives me a framework to start from, I get to do a lot of research--- ahem, detective work, filling in all the letters for a particular subject, and believe it or not, it is really fun for me to arrange all those squares so that they fit into an 8X10" rectangle.  (And manufacturers seem to like them!  Hallelujah!)


One day I'll re-do the "Husky" block to look more like our new dog, Maya, who is red and white, and I'll even add the word "Siberian" on the side because we found out that owners prefer to call them "Siberians" to differentiate them from the larger and stronger (but not faster!) original Alaskan sled dogs that were nicknamed "huskies".  What did I know?  I'm smarter now.  Our dog at the time, "S" for Samoyed, was Malachi, who went to romp in the daisies last summer at the ripe old age of  3-days-short-of-16.

32 comments:

  1. Gosh! Two in a day! I am going to lie down. Your work is truly outstanding. I was looking for my Daisy but she is just like me - a mutt. HAHAHAHA! Have a great day.

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  2. I love this whole concept! Beautifully rendered! I'm such a sucker for animals of all kinds and you have really done these puppers great justice!

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  3. Beautifully done!! All of them.

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  4. Wonderful! WHat a wonderful selection of pups! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. ;)

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  5. That is a really awesome series...nice to see work that inspires new ideas!

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  6. Wonderful work! And again so many details to get lost in!

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  7. Hey Krista! Before I read your paragraph, the Samoyed caught my eye. So beautiful. I never knew there was an X dog.:o) You are truly one talented gal my friend! We have a pomeranian I see you used the pug for P. My daughter has a black one... his name is Jack. Whenever I'm at there house, I'm always answering when they call him. Great idea with the German Shepherd for detective. And so beautifully done!

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  8. Hi Krista!!! love this piece...and so true...these dogs are amazing...

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  9. This is beautiful Krista, I love all the different dogs. What a nice idea for an alphabet collage. I think the Dalmatian is my favorite one though.

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  10. Great! Love the "arf" and "woof" stuck in there :D You've certainly done the german shepherd justice, it looks very proud. Course, I still consider Scooby to be the greatest detective dog >_>

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  11. Krista,

    Artemisia Gentileschi painted two versions of "Judita chi di capita Holoferne" (Judith Slaying Holofernes):

    The Florence version in the Uffizi Gallery on Florence

    The Naples version at the Museo di Capolodimonte in Naples.

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  12. You are amazing. I don't see how you are able to incorporate so much detail. Your drawings are phenomenal! A fantastic execution of the theme and your alphabet dogs are magnificent.

    Have a great weekend.

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  13. Oh love all those doggies - they add so much to our lives, beautiful my friend!

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  14. Awesome shepard. My daughters dog is a German Shepard cross and he is wonderful. Lovely illustration and I would love it even if I didn't really really love shepards.

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  15. Love this, especially the shepherd as I have a lovely one!

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  16. Wow, your dog alphabet it´s truly amazing. I love it!

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  17. Hi Krista, I like how you are thinking. You have wonderful design sense, in how you fill up the page and get the composition working.

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  18. Okay, where can I get this beautiful piece of work???? Fabulous design of the page!! GOD IS BIG IN YOU!!!! I love it.

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  19. I love this, one of my favourite shows on SBS here is Inspector Rex (in German of course Komisar Rex, I don't speak German so I have to read the subtitles for the kids). He of course is a police dog always on the case!

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  20. Hello my dear - Yes, I too have awarded you one of those pesky awards! HA!

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  21. 與其爭取不可能得到的東西,不如善自珍惜運用自己所擁有的........................................

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  22. Hi, Krista, I guess I am the deliverer of another pesky award or two... just post them if you want, no rules necessary. I just wanted you to know I appreciate your support and it doesn't hurt that they look pretty too ;)

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  23. Hi Krista!!

    How is it that I am just now finding you...?? LOVE your work, my goodness, it is so cute and so well designed and rendered. I love alphabets too and this one for pups is GREAT! Love your holiday one too!! Top it all off with the fact that you are a Believer who is not afraid to share openly and I'm hooked!!

    I actually found you on the "They Draw and Cook" (or is it the other way around..?)site, and I instantly loved your style! SO glad to have made your acquaintance. I'm now a follower and I am adding you to my "Illustration Inspiration" blogroll if that's OK...

    I really want to do one of these illustrated recipes....looks fun! Plus, I'm inspired to participate in Illustration Friday again...it's been a good while since I have...

    Have a glorious, creative week in Him! SO nice to meet you!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky

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  24. love the dogs!!!! beautiful, as always. :)

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  25. Fantastico! Little doggies, the ULTIMATE alphabet! Oh, girlfriend, I will sing my ABCs over and over and over as long as you keep making these. These should be the latest postage stamps, don't you think???? It sure would boost the number of people sending snail mail. Wooohooo!

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  26. Is this going to be offered as a cross stitch? I sure hope so! :)

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