Halloween Party Guests
Gus reminds me of our neighbor dog ‘Chap.’ Notice the (left) paw? It’s not a handshake position, it’s a “hey; you stopped paying attention to me” pat. The behaviour frustrates to his parents who apologetically try to correct it. I consider it part of his charm.
Gwen is quite like one of the other three Golden Retrievers that live on our Street. Most days when we walk Henry and Reese, the Goldens run to the fence (just as in the image below) to say “Hello” to us. Reese slows her pace deliberately in anticipation of a group discussion. The Golden’s family are also Foster Carers for Golden Rescue.
Merlin (the Magician) is another story completely!
Leanne, a fellow volunteer at Georgina Animal Control was one of the first people to hear this story, she listened patiently until it was over and then she asked ‘do you have a Merlin?’ I did not. Leanne informed me there had been a mixed-breed adopted from our local shelter, and that he was now called Merlin. Leanne put me in touch with Merlin’s mom Sarah, who also listened to the story, and agreed that I should feature her Merlin in the book. Sarah informed me she is a Marketing Designer and Graphic Designer and that she and her team would be happy to help with marketing and provide and design the book template. It’s almost like Merlin waved his wand and everything just WAS!
Eva the Ghost and Betty the Bee
When I was a little girl, my dad bought my mom a timid little beagle named Wimpy (read more about Wimpy in a future post).
There is no such thing as white – at least not that I found in watercolour painting. In order to show the creases and folds in Eva’s ghost costume, I had to add various shades of grey. The same with Betty’s white bits which we can imagine were in the shadows. I have learned a lot about the process of translating watercolour artwork to print-ready book files. White does not translate well for a start!
See book for completed illustration.