So I was challenged recently by Laura at Create Art Everyday, and spurred on by Cathe over at amaryllislog, to try a French poodle doodle. And this is the outcome. I’ve never doodlewashed a dog before, so this shall go down in history as my first one.
I have to admit that I was at a loss for what to do with a French poodle. The actual dogs were all fluffy white pom poms with bits of gray skin and that seemed a little dull for doodlewashing, so I opted for something different. After a quick sketch, I used only washes and mixes of Alizarin Red and French Ultramarine Blue (a french color also seemed appropriate in this instance) to paint the poodle.
The effect was rather intriguing. The face looks a bit large and masculine, so the pink and purple tones produced some unintentional humor. To me it just looks like a greyhound in drag. Which I’m totally cool with as I believe that everyone, including dogs, should be allowed to express themselves as they see fit. At least I managed to make him look happy and confident in his glamorous new look. And I can feel confident knowing that when RuPaul’s Dog Race is created and airs, he’ll be ready for the competition.
For me, animals are much more fun to draw than people (in or out of drag) and so I think I’ll be trying more of these. It’s a nice break from street scenes and castles. Though I can picture this lovely guy, (Jean Pierre Caniche – that’s what I named him) heading home to his castle for a restful nap after a glorious day on the runway followed by a fabulous party with friends, where he dances his way into everyone’s hearts.