WOOF! Thank you for visiting i heart dogs studio, the home of pet portraits lovingly painted by me, Christine Humphries Throckmorton. Since 2007, I have created custom pet portraits, prints, cards, and more, all featuring lovable canines (and the occasional feline). Scroll down, take a look around, click away. You'll see a wide variety of pet portraits, and get to know a bit about the girl behind the canvas.

PLEASE NOTE: Now that I have a toddler, I am no longer accepting commissions. For now, I am shelving the paintbrushes and just enjoying being MOM. I have a variety of original paintings, prints, and cards available in my shop, however, and there is a lot of dog art to peruse in the pages of this here blog. Enjoy.

“I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings
they can show me in the world.” ~ Samuel Johnson


Sunday, August 30, 2009

30 dog drawings in 30 days begins Tuesday!

I'm gearing up for Phase I of my "30 in 30" project, which is to draw a dog a day for 30 days, namely the month of September. I've been collecting dog photos from my generous friends (and their friends) and I'm almost at 30. I still need a few (hint, hint!), but I'm prepared to supplement with my canine daughter, sister, and niece if necessary.

The one thing I must do beforehand is purchase acetate suitable for a photocopier, so I can photocopy my grid systems onto sheets of acetate and use them as overlays over the original photographs. If I have to spend time every day drawing grids, I'll go crazy. I learned the acetate trick from a fabulous art teacher I worked with once. Staples, here I come!...Also, I'm not sure if I want to post the drawings themselves, or just wait until the pieces are finished to post. In the case of posting the drawings, I think another thing I want to purchase is a non-photo blue pencil for my grid lines on the drawing. That way I can photocopy my sketches and the grid lines will disappear.

These are the boring ramblings of an artist about to embark on something challenging. Are you still awake? Ha ha!

On deck for this week's drawings:
Maxwell the Poodle, Bailey the Golden, Max the Schnauzer, Sarge the English Bulldog, Coooper the Shiloh Shepherd, Terry the Terrier mix, and Penny the Mutt...Wish me luck!

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