Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Couple of Caricatures

We were at an agility trial last weekend (imagine that).  As is often the case, there were vendors set up to sell any kind of imaginable dog item, from chew toys to embroidered towels.  Usually I try to keep my distance, but once particular vendor caught my attention; a man doing caricature sketches!  You can bet it didn't take me long to get in line to have Brutus & Carmen done.
Let's face it, my dogs are sort of caricatures in of themselves, but what fun to have them drawn freehand.  Each sketch took the artist about 20 minutes, and took into account not only the dogs' physical characteristics, but also their personality as he worked.  Brutus, of course, was way over-stimulated by all the goings-on around him.  Drawing really big ears was a given, but the artist also really over-exaggerated Brute's eyes to express his, er..., "intensity".  

Here's what he came up with.  A little over-the-top, but I guess that's what a caricature is all about!

 Next it was Carmen's turn.  She just soaked up the attention, sitting and posing like the true Diva we all know her to be!

It's funny how different the two drawings turned out to be.  Paul says Carmen's looks kind of like a dolphin with ears, but I think that's because she has kind of a permanent smile just like one those friendly sea mammals!  He definitely got her eyes right, and it does convey the Carmen's more laid-back personality.

Not quite sure what I'll end up doing with the caricatures, but they will probably end up in frames in my dog trophy room (aka home office).  No matter what, a fun thing to have done.  

Is it really me, mom?  Looking kind of bug-eyed there, no?

I'm a natural poser, what can I say?
The drawings are very reasonable ($20 each) and the artist (John LaFree) can also do them from photos you email him.  In case anyone wants to check out his work, go to www.caninecaricatures.com.  BTW, John has no idea I'm posting about this, I just thought it was a cool thing to share with our friends!  Plus he donates $1 to the SPCA for each drawing he does, so it benefits a good case as well.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Caricatures are always fun, these two turned out quite nicely. We know they will be a great addition to the Frenchie wall.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amber-Mae said...

Now that's some interesting artwork! Hehe...look at those huge googly eyes! Cute!

Barbara said...

I think they're cute! They are what they are supposed to be, over the top!

Oskar said...

Those look cool! What a fun thing to do.

Nubbin wiggles,

Anonymous said...

What fun... I liked Brutus' pouting lip in his picture.

Kitty+Coco said...

Fun Stuff! Those are hilarious btw. Carmen was def. trying to show Brutus up.

Kitty and Coco

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

I've always loved caricatures!
Our guide dog school offers them at Walk-A-Thon time, but the line is always so long...

Yours are so cute; they'll look great up on the wall!

Rudy's Raiser

Molly the Airedale said...

How cool they are! What a little poser you are, Carmen! You're too funny!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

houndstooth said...

I love good caricatures! I think they're both cute, but Brutus' made me grin like crazy!

Lorenza said...

The caricatures of Brutus and Carmen are pawesome!
He sure is an artist... with a very good heart!
Thanks for sharing them!
Kisses and hugs

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my Gawd, we love it. You know mom will get our done sooner or later.
Benny & Lily

Scooter said...

what great caricatures!! I always knew that you both were real characters!! BOL They will look good hanging up!!


Maxmom said...

Wow, those are quite superb. What fun! And your two were so well behaved too.
Sending lotsaluv

Anonymous said...

Heehee! Those are SO cute! Like you said, he sure did come up with a good way to draw their different pawsonalities. I don't think Carmen's looks like a dolphin at all. More like that Flying Nun lady.

Wiggles & Wags,

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Benny & Lily

Jenner said...

The drawings are adorable! It reminds me of Mike McCartney's work. How fun!!

Jenner said...

The drawings are adorable! It reminds me of Mike McCartney's work. How fun!!

LuLu and Wally said...

So adorable! I just love 'em!

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Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! How COOL!!! We love it n thanks for sharing will check out his site. WOW n the price is sure super affordable. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar