Tuesday, December 06, 2011
A card for Ruby
I did pet portraits for five years— so many intimately studied portrayals of other people's dear dogs and cats, but I'd never done my own little Ruby. I've drawn her hundreds of times in a more simple, caricature-like style—so many paintings and illustrations featuring her and Daisy. But to capture a true likeness steeped with the affection, emotion and unconditional love I had for this little pug, now that is something I hadn't done. So, that is what I set out to do with this card.
Her likeness in the card illustration is a little looser in style than the style in which I did pet portraits back in "ye olde pet portraiture" days, but I love how it came out. It's so Ruby. For all it's looser qualities, there is no less purity, impact and spirit in it. It's innocent, unstudied, and delicate— just like her. It also showcases her physical likeness—her quirky little body, her extra tiny, cute little head... Boy, do I miss her.
I made postcard-style cards, as well as full greeting cards in a vertical format. I love the quote "All dogs go to heaven". Religious reference aside, I just think it paints such a broad, true stroke in just a few well-chosen words. I used it for the front of the greeting card as well as for the flip-side of the postcard-style card. I designed it with Ruby in mind—Ruby was baby pink, sweet and innocent. She just was. I know that many pet parents project their own taste upon their dogs, but I absolutely channeled Ruby for this one. She would have loved this.This is who she was, our baby girl.
All dogs go to heaven.