Even though we are continuing our trip through Holland, I have to get my puppy fix every day. Today, we found ourselves wandering the streets of Den Haag (The Hague, Holland) and, in particular, the Palace Gardens right beside the Royal Stables. It is there that we met this lovely furry face, named Fleur. She is an 11 year old dachshund who certainly knows how to make friends! She came up to greet us and then promptly lay on her back to allow me give her a belly rub…and then when I stopped, she begged with her two front paws for me to continue, all the while looking up at me expectantly.
Now, it was time for a real portrait. Look at the intensity on that little face, and the raised right paw, as she discusses things with her Dad.
And then what we were all waiting for…the pose and the head-tilt!
Such a darling to work with, Fleur obviously lives a good life. I hope her golden years are full of happiness and a full-time staff to dole out the belly rubs!
Today, I am really excited to feature something that is a little different for the Posh Pets blog – crazy cartoons! Let me explain…
Daniela Easter is an award winning artist and personal friend of mine. Apart from her private commissions, she founded and, for the past 8 years has run, Progressive Art for Progressive Kids in Brampton. This is an art school that helps young people develop their skills and exposes them to the various mediums and forms of art. For the past few weeks, her students, ages 8-12, have been learning how to cartoon!
Daniela approached me to see if I could lend a hand by providing some images of animals, which of course, I was only too happy to do. The students were encouraged to analyze the image and determine the dog’s personality. They could then determine how to draw him in such a way that their cartoon would come to life. And, here are the awesome results:
The original image:
And the cartoon renditions! This one is by Kaitlin:
And this one is by Hemel:
Another original image:
And some awesome cartoon versions of this guy too. (I think he became the antagonist of the story…look at those teeth!)
And from Nicole:
The students loved the original photos (apparently there were lots of “awwws”) and had a ball turning them into their own creations. I hear that in the next week or so, they will be tackling the kitty photos I sent and I will certainly feature those in a future blog post as well.
Impressed? Well, if you have a young artist who would want to participate, Daniela conducts various classes in Brampton. These include 6 week curriculums and intensives for the March and Summer school breaks. Find all of the details here.