Friday, November 9th, 2007
When I arrived home the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find a box on the back porch containing copies of a book I illustrated awhile back called Silly Dog Tricks. It’s always cool to get these boxes - first, for the obvious reason that it’s pretty cool to see my name and work in print… but also because the illustrations are so often submitted independently of the text, and seeing it all come together for the first time in its final package is like an early Christmas present.
The book title accurately describes its content. Silly Dog Tricks is geared for kids, and it gives detailed instructions on how to teach your pup how to perform different stunts such as playing dead, walking on its hind legs, and stealing someone’s wallet out of their back pocket (not sure about that one). It also includes a training clicker and squeaky toy… it’s a pretty cool package.
For my part, I cranked out about 40 full-color illustrations of 4 different dogs in about a month. It was a pretty aggressive schedule, but I muddled through it like everything else in life. My wife was awesome, looking after our son while I spent late nights and weekends getting fur just right. She even went as far as naming each dog and referring to them by name (Abe, Bandit, Midnight and Flapjack) when checking in on my progress and bringing me that next cup of coffee. She’s the best.
Anyhow, if you have a dog and a youngster, definitely check out the book.
You can browse a few pages from the book via Google.
Or buy the book through Amazon