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Illustration Friday—Asleep

August 8, 2010

With Ellie Mae, a hound who’s always on some critter smell, we often say, “Nose on, brain off” because there is nothing, and I mean nothing—no amount of calling, bribes of red, raw meat, nothing— will distract her from the task at hand. But with such a busy nose, she falls “asleep” almost anywhere and what’s appalling to some, she’s allowed on any and every couch, bed, chair she desires…

For this sketch done in August 2010 (my apologies for nothing new for the IF venue) she chose the couch. Between wine consumed and constant movement (the hound keeps stirring with the boom of fireworks) it’s hard to finish a pose, but hopefully the gist is clear.

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  1. May 27, 2011 8:44 am

    What wonderful sketches! So like every dog I’ve ever had to. I really admire their ability to turn off–and sleep anywhere (my dog is crashed at my feet right now, though he really would like to go for a walk in the woods).

  2. May 27, 2011 8:45 am

    As the servant to (not ‘owner of’) three dogs, I adore these drawings. Beautiful work.

  3. May 27, 2011 8:52 am

    You’ve certainly caught the moment that anyone who loves creatures, walks by, looks down and smiles. NIce

  4. greg newbold permalink
    May 27, 2011 9:29 am

    I love sleeping dogs- nice drawings!

  5. May 27, 2011 9:29 pm

    well done. the gesture is spot on

  6. May 28, 2011 12:06 am

    very nice!

  7. May 28, 2011 12:06 am

    very nice

  8. May 28, 2011 2:53 pm

    Shes adorable, I love these drawings Penelope ♥

  9. May 28, 2011 7:43 pm

    Great sketches Penelope. It is hard enough capturing a dog’s personality in an awake sketch. You really did it in an even more difficult pose. NICE!

  10. May 30, 2011 9:46 am

    Nice :)

  11. May 31, 2011 7:36 am

    You’ve captured their peace beautifully! :)

  12. May 31, 2011 1:26 pm

    Awww…sweet Ellie Mae! I love this type of sketch where we get to see the drawing process. The detailed, “finished” parts seem to come alive right up out of the paper. Beautiful!

  13. June 1, 2011 3:05 pm

    A sweet scene! So beautifully rendered!

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