Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Dusty, Grrrrrrr........

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Don't worry. This is the same sweet, docile dog you saw in my earlier post. He hasn't a mean bone in his body. This is just a game we play. Tug of war. He knows how to retrieve, he just doesn't know how to let go. Especially when it comes to sticks.He growls and sounds ferocious when we do this but he is totally playing. I sketched this from a photo. He would never hold still long enough for a sitting while playing this game.

Pancil on paper 6" x 8"

22 comments:

Kathleen Marie said...

Wonderful sketch! This is a phenomenon with Goldens, I mean mine will retrieve, but ultimately refuses to hand it over too. Must be in their genes. ha ha

Laura/laurelines said...

Great drawing, Chuck. My Golden puppy Abby, weighing in yesterday at a ferocious 9 lbs, is as adamant as your Dusty about not yielding in tug of war.
Your love for your dog is so apparent in these two entries. So is your fine drawing ability.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, how do you find drawing off photos as opposed to real life objects? I tend to draw off photos just because my style doesn't lend itself to quick life drawing. What i like about this drawing is your use of white. Great stuff...again.

Detlef
http://www.detlefjumpertz.com

Chuck Rose said...

Thanks guys. To Detlef's question - Drawing from photos is tricky. It's easy to start letting your work look like you did it from a photo. One of the things I hate most are people who set up those sites that say, "Portraits from your photos!" And they just trace the photos and color inthe lines, and then end up with a crappy drawing of someone's crappy photo.

So, when I do work from photos, I always work from my own. And I NEVER trace from it. I use two easels. I put my photo source on one and I paint on the other. I try to never let my work look like a "drawing of a photograph".

I did one painting recently, Edisto Clouds, that concerned me. I kid in the neighborhood saw it and said, "Wow, I thought that was a photograph!" meaning it to be a compliment, but it concerned me that that was his first impresssion.

Karen Winters said...

I think it might be all dogs, Kathleen ... Ripley (the Am. Bulldog) does the same thing. It's part of the chew toy/tug of war game. Fetch, bring back, then let's rassle over it.

I'll add my admiration for Chuck's drawing too.

I find that it's just about impossible to draw an active dog unless you're using a photo. Sleeping dog, sure - that's not too bad from life. But a wiggling, grinning, playing dog ... photo time.

Terri said...

This is a great sketch Chuck! I don't think it's just goldens who love this game. My Jack Russell x loves it too. He growls ferociously with his tail wagging the whole time. :o) I certainly wouldn't have picked that you did this drawing from a photograph. It has a real 3d quality to it. Great job.

marie J' said...

How do you get a photo like that??...my RodesianRidge runs away (with the stick in her jaw, mind you)....as soon as I get my camera... must be the flash that scares her away.
Great drawing...you got me inspired to try and draw my Jack Russell (from pics) who is chasing rabbits somewhere in doggy heaven.

Bill said...

DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill said...

Chuck is my dad. I feel sorry for all of you that you don't get to see his work up close and personal. It's really cool to watch him do what he does. Or walk down to the basement studio and see him working on something then come back 5 hours later and see him still working, but instead of plain canvas a drawing has emerged from it and givin total control of it over to my father, allowing to shape it which ever way he wants. He denies his talent and dismisses things I think could be sold for thousands of dollars. I may have a biased view, seeing as I AM his son and LOVE HIM (*wink, wink*, *nudge, nudge*, *cough, cough*), but that doesn't change the fact that he is a wonderful artist, a wonderful pet-owner (lol) , and a wonderful father. I've got it lucky. And my dog is cool too. He's fuzzy. Fuzzy, lol. Cheers,
Bill Rose

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Chuck Rose said...

What a great kid, huh? I love you too Bill, but I see you're are posting after midnight. Why weren't you asleep? :-)

I'm pretty lucky too.

Chuck Rose said...

To marei J's comment. My dog lovers hi picture taken. I actually shot that one over the shoulder of a friend while he was playing tug-of-war-with Dusty.

Laura said...

Chuck and Bill, you two are adorable. I agree with you, Bill, he seems like a very great dad. And we KNOW he's a superb artist. You are a very lucky boy. And he's a lucky father to have you!
Laura F.
And I'm lucky to have a fuzzy puppy, too. Check out the fuzz at my pupdate on today's blog, if you like ;D.
Laura F.

mireille said...

ahh, I love this. (I'm a referral from Laurelines) Our Bucky, half Groenendahl shepherd, half Labrador has that same sweet fierceness. Thank heavens they've domesticated us and we never make them mad like that in real life.

Chuck Rose said...

I have never heard of a Groenendahl shepherd. I even did a Google image search on them and came up with ziltch. What do they look like? But, agreed, I'm so glad my Golden has me under control. :-)

Dawn said...

Great sketch. I'd love to see you do the photoshop tutorial with screenshots. One of the things I want to do this summer is practice with photoshop.

Wally Torta said...

Just want to add my voice to the chorus. Good drawing, good story.

Anonymous said...

Fierce, grumbly, growly dog. Kill. Maim. destruct!
You should be very careful with this dog, he could turn at any moment.
Naw! Great drawing. Thanks for the how-to with photoshop.
Doesn't seem to me that you struggle to paint or draw!
Melly
http://www.melanietesta.com

Anonymous said...

you are very good!
me_in_london

Dave's Bible Blog said...

Hi Chuck,

Your art is unbelievable! I posted your drawing of "Dusty, GRRRRR..." on my blog at www.wordtraveler.org today. (My email is dave.scriven@verizon.net.) I gave you and your blog site credit, of course. I hope that is OK with you. If not, please notify me. I will remove it right away.

Again, I am really impressed and inspired by your work. Thank you for sharing it on you blog.

Thanks.
Dave Scriven

fool said...

I have a Groenendahl, but it's misleading to call them Shepherds - down to the Kennel Club grouping all four Belgian breeds together.

The Groenendahl was actually bred and used as a warehouse guard dog by rich merchants. They are all black, very long haired and with an under coat like a wolf. They have a high pitched scream which is pretty blood curdling, but as long as you aren't trying to break in and steal 'their' stuff, are as loving as dogs can get.
Lighter than a German Shepherd, with very small feet, and pointed ears, and fast.