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Maggie the Beagle

I was having so much fun illustrating my dog, Maggie, that I got a little carried away with the shadows and textures. I meant to keep it simple and more cartoony, but it ended up pretty realistic. Still, I think it's fairly successful except she looks a bit like she's floating over the background (which is kind of like real life when she tears around the house so fast, her feet don't seem to touch the floor). I tried adding shadows but they just kept looking like she'd had a little accident (haha), so shadowless she is!

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Here's the original photo I used for reference.

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I started with a quick pencil sketch in my sketchbook to make sure I had the proportions right. Because she's a bit foreshortened in the photo, if the proportions or balance were off, she'd look wrong or like she was about to tip over.

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Next I did a digital sketch in Photoshop using my Cintiq, partially tracing over my scanned-in pencil sketch and partially freehanding it, using my photo as reference.

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And here she is, Maggie the Beagle, chewer of shoes, eater of quarter round trim and pencils, protector from the mail and UPS trucks!

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