Friday, October 7, 2011

Athena

One of our neighbors has 2 dogs, one of them is Athena and she's 15 months old(and she's about 90lbs now!) She's such a darling baby dog, and pretty much afraid of all loud noises. In mornings when I am not working or when I am working nights, I'd usually see her in her kennel not far from our little backyard whenever I am lucky. I know that I am not capable of owning a dog right now as I won't have time for it, but I regard all the neighbors' nice dogs my dog-friends.

Athena's owner Anna is having a birthday celebration this weekend and my wife and I are both invited although I won't be able to make it as I work nights. I couldn't think of a good present from Walmart, or PetSmart, so I thought I'll just resort to what I used to do back when I was in school... drawing as gift. So this is another one that will be given away tomorrow. Happy Birthday Anna!
(Accent Opaque Digital by International Papers 8.5 x 11" )

Thank you all so much for your comments on the previous posts. A little different from Bosco's sketch, this is not done on Moleskine page as it's being given away. The paper choice wasn't too good as it was too smooth and meant more more laser printing. I am sure ink or markers on this type of paper would work so much better than graphite.
(Update: The owner almost cried receiving the portrait of her little puppy. Too bad I wasn't there to witness it, but I am deeply gratified)

26 comments:

  1. I'm sure she will like her gift it is lovely.

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  2. There is no better gift. You are becoming a dog artist! So well done.

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  3. It's nice to have dog friends, this one looks like a big baby!
    The gift will be perfect, you're lucky to have friendly neighbours.

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  4. Lovely present, Alex! Love your style.
    Sue

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  5. What a wonderful gift. As a dog caregiver (we don't really own them) I know that she will cherish your gift forever.

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  6. Your friend is so lucky to receive a gift like this! And you are so generous with your precious time.

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  7. Beautiful drawing and beautiful gift. Sorry you won't get to go to the party, but she'll love the present.

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  8. How I wish you could be there to see the delight on her face when she receives this special gift! Nothing could be better!!!

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  9. Athena is beautiful! I love big dogs. Especially big dogs that are fraidy cats.

    They're going to love this gift. What a nice gesture; I bet your neighbors will be totally thrilled.

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  10. Thats totally the best gift to get, its personal and one of a kind, cant beat that with anything else. Such a cute puppy, love the eyes.

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  11. Alex....Homemade is always the best gift to give, your work is so awesome..I can only imagine her surprise at receiving such a wonderful special gift.

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  12. Lovely sketch Alex and a lovely gift

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  13. Ahhh, you know that she is going to love the gift!

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  14. Beautiful sensitive portrait. I'm sure that they will love it!

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  15. What a lovely drawing and such a nice present for your neighbour ! Your rendition of a puppy's look is terrific !

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  16. I bet that was the best gift at the party! Wonderful sketch, and great idea. I hate wandering the stores looking for that 'perfect' thing!

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  17. Fantastic portrait! Your neighbor will absolutely love it!

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  18. He's adorable and I'm sure the neighbors will love this more than anything you could buy!

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  19. It's lovely Alex. I'm not surprised they cried on receiving it.

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  20. Wow! You are able to truly show the character of the animal or person in your portraits. I love the pop of color in the eyes. You are very talented.

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  21. You couldn't have given a better gift! They will treasure this.

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  22. I love those big dogs! One day, I'll have a place big enough to have one... Great drawing, beautiful gift!

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  23. Amazing job!!

    I sketched my golden....

    Tracey

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