Puppy love

I was lucky enough to spend this past Saturday at the PSPCA photographing shelter dogs, as well as dogs that were previously adopted from the PSPCA and were attending training classes. I’m now comfortably using the manual setting on my camera, thank goodness. I must admit, photographing dogs is much different than roller derby girls or my husband playing video games. I really enjoy the challenge, though, and hope to visit the PSPCA again in the near future

One of my dreams is to pursue pet photography, and I would love to start building up my portfolio by offering complimentary sessions. If you know anyone in the Philadelphia-area who would like a free pet portrait session, please have them contact me! I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot any cats yet, so I think that would be a great change of pace (apart from the fact that I’d probably sneeze all over my camera since I am super allergic to kitties). I think the only pet that I’d be a little hesitant about is a snake, because I am a total wuss when it comes to slithery reptiles. As long as the owner can promise me I won’t be eaten like Jon Voight in Anaconda, then I think I’d be okay.

On a semi-related note, I will be at the Anthropologie in Marlton, NJ this Friday, October 9th, from 5 to 8pm photographing dogs with their owners. All across the country, Anthropologie stores are holding puppy-related events throughout the month of October, including pet adoptions, food drives and yappy hour parties. Feel free to stop by for wine & refreshments, or to just visit the adorable dogs that will be up for adoption!


Animal tales!

I just finished my second shelter dog illustration for my upcoming children’s book, “Gimme Shelter.” This is Kamica, a dog that was rescued from the PSPCA.

I really like exaggerating certain features when working on pet portraits (thus the huge nearly Anime-esque sad eyes on Kamica). I’ve been communicating back and forth with the PSPCA about my children’s book idea and they have been so supportive and helpful. They’ve put me in touch with a trainer who will be able to guide me around the facilities to take photos of the dogs and get to meet them to get a sense of their personalities (this way I can reference the photos for upcoming work).

In other doggy news, my friend Rakia invited me to exhibit my work next Wednesday evening (8pm) at 2nd & Pine under the historic shambles, where they will be holding a complimentary showing of the movie “Beethoven.” Chic Petique will also be in attendance and giving out prizes to the best-dressed pets. I’m totally bringing Betty White in her lobster attire, so come out and hang with us!

Also, custom pet portraits are available at my Etsy shop, so if you are itchin’ to get your favorite four-legged (or two-legged, or no-legged!) critter drawn, don’t hesitate to stop by! I’m trying to save up for a refurbished Canon EOS 40d so I can eventually become well-versed in pet photography, so wish me luck!

You know you want a commissioned portrait of your pet hermit crab….

Hello everyone! I just wanted to make a few announcements about my Etsy shop. Button and mirror packs are now available, featuring my critter illustrations!

Due to the fact that the hubby’s transmission just died and is going to cost nearly $2,000 to fix (goodbye honeymoon savings!), I have been inspired to offer custom pet portraits in several sizes.
If you or anyone you know would like a commissioned drawing of their adorable pet, I’m your gal! I am crossing my fingers I’ll be able to help raise money to pay for the car repair so we can have the honeymoon we’ve always dreamed of. Also, the originals from my “say hello to my little friends” series are for sale in my shop, so be sure to check it out! Remember, all PSPCA members will receive 10% off any item!

My next illustration series will focus on rescue/shelter dogs, and I will be posting the first drawing of the bunch sometime next week. I would like to eventually write a children’s book that includes my illustrations of dogs from local shelters, to help educate children about the benefits of adopting or fostering a pet. Ideally, proceeds would be donated to the PSPCA and other local shelters if all goes well!

I’m trying to remain positive despite having quite the depressing week so far (starting the week off with a way-too-early gyno appointment, having the hub’s car die, the dog peeing in our bed at midnight last night, etc.). My prints seem to be selling like hotcakes on Shana Logic (they have already sold out!), which makes me as happy as a little lamb.

Thank goodness a long weekend is ahead of us and we have a visit to the beach in store for us (my parents just moved close to Rehoboth Beach, yay)! I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

Recent additions to the menagerie!

Here’s the slew of new critters for my upcoming solo show! The chipmunk is the tiniest of the series, measuring 7.5 x 6. I totally want to carry it around in my pocket all day and sing “Wooly Bully” in a chipmunk voice. This further confirms the fact that I need more friends.

ZOMG! It’s a Yoda fox!One! Two! Three Figs! AH AH AH AH AH!

PS. Everyone who has seen the bat illustration so far has mentioned that it has same eyes as our neurotic dog, Betty White:

PPS. She loves it when I dress her up in little dog clothes.

PPPS. That was sarcasm.

Chock Full O’ Critter News!

There is nothing I enjoy more than having a lazy snow day with the hubby while drawing fetching, fuzzy pets and sipping hot chocolate. Speaking of cute critters, I’m no longer working from home so I am really starting to miss being surrounded by our apartment full of rambunctious animals. I feel like a guilt stricken mom who has to drop her kids off at day care before work. Seriously, I am going through major adorable animal withdrawal. I suppose that’s what Cute Overload is for.

Anywho, here are the most recent critters from my say hello to my little friends series! The last animals of the series will be a monkey, prairie dog, short-tailed opposum, skinny pig and degu. Hopefully I’ll have 20 of these suckers by April 3rd when my opening reception at Café Estelle rolls around.

Pepé Le Poo

The Year of the Splinter

I’ve been mailing my promotional postcards for the past week, but if I’ve forgotten anyone, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll send one your way!

Be on the lookout for my new line of tinymeat artist accessories within the next month! I don’t want to spoil anything, but there might be a bunnytastic wallet and squirrely passport case available in the near future. Ok, so maybe I did want to spoil it. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved with these guys!

For those of you who are local to the Philadelphia area, tonight is Mew Gallery‘s 3rd annual “Pay the Rent” auction & raffle event, which I have donated a few of my prints to, so be sure to check it out and show your support!

I’ve also snagged a summer group show at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville, where a few of my exotic pets will be on display from May through July. After completing my exotic pet project, I’ll be working on a series of birds drawn on wood, which will be unveiled at my next solo show at Philadelphia’s Studio 27.28 in February 2010, which seems like forever from now, but I’m sure it will be here before you know it!

As always, thanks for reading & enjoy your week (is anyone else excited as heck for the release of Watchmen?)

Bunnies are looking for love just like the rest of us.

This is a handmade card I just made to send off to Kathy Davis Studios, a local greeting card design group (and yes, that’s mistletoe headgear he’s wearing). If I wasn’t already taken, I’d totally smooch this little guy under the mistletoe. Speaking of bunnies, our rabbit Willie Nelson is on antibiotics for a foot injury and I have to give him oral meds twice a day. He lucked out with some kind of fruit-flavored medication and gets so excited to be cradled and have medicine time, it’s so redonkulousy cute. Now that I’m married, I think my maternal instincts are supposed to kick in, but I just want to foster bunnies forever and leave the dirty diapered babies for someone else to clean up after hehe. That probably makes me a bad person, but if loving bunnies is bad, I don’t want to be good!

Christmas Time Is Here

I couldn’t resist the Mrs. Claws costume at PetSmart, especially since it was half off.

That is one sassy lady.

Betty White hates having her photo taken, but I do it anyway.

Our Martha Stewart Christmas tree, with all of the wrapped goodies underneath.

I’m so excited for Christmas and eating Holiday Oreos nonstop in front of the fireplace. 11 days left & counting!