This project, well it all started with the Bulldog and I had just intended it to be a single illustration. I went to the New York Comic-Con and, not really having much to sell, I made a few Jetpack Bulldog prints to bring along. I sold out of them on the first day and people started asking me if I had other types of dogs. I started keeping a list of the types of dogs that were requested most. By the end of the first day I was doing a few quick ones as commissions. I took some larger orders home for delivery later.
The process is a fun one. People will send me a couple pictures of their dog and I'll choose a few that give me enough reference. I basically do a pencil portrait of the dog first, scan it in, and print it out small and light on several sheets of paper. I sketch a few jetpacks on them to find the right one that reflects the dog's personality. Once I have the dog and the jetpack all penciled out, I'll lightbox them onto a large piece of Bristol to produce a very cleanly inked final. The finals are usually around 25 x 25 inches.