Jetpack Dogs

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.

 This dog was from Argentina, his name was Lionel Richie.

This dog was from Argentina, his name was Lionel Richie.

 This pencil is of Mickey. He was interesting to draw because he had a crazy eye that had been through a few operations and an underbite.  

This pencil is of Mickey. He was interesting to draw because he had a crazy eye that had been through a few operations and an underbite.  

 This is the final ink complete with a Mickey Mouse decal on the wing. It was a last minute request from the buyer representing his namesake.

This is the final ink complete with a Mickey Mouse decal on the wing. It was a last minute request from the buyer representing his namesake.

 These are the pencils for Mona, a beautiful brindle rescue Greyhound.

These are the pencils for Mona, a beautiful brindle rescue Greyhound.

 This is a great example of the design process of the jetpack; a pencil of just the shapes without any lighting.

This is a great example of the design process of the jetpack; a pencil of just the shapes without any lighting.

 Mona's final inks (Approx. 25 x 25 inches)

Mona's final inks (Approx. 25 x 25 inches)

 This piece was a request by a friend as a birthday present for his friend. He did not know the name of the dog so I called him Fluffernutter for the duration.

This piece was a request by a friend as a birthday present for his friend. He did not know the name of the dog so I called him Fluffernutter for the duration.

 Here is the jetpack design stage for Fluffernutter. I thought he needed a giant fishbowl-style space helmet.

Here is the jetpack design stage for Fluffernutter. I thought he needed a giant fishbowl-style space helmet.

 The client on Fluffernutter really liked the look of the pencil so the final was completed in pencil on a 25 x 25 inch sheet of Bristol.

The client on Fluffernutter really liked the look of the pencil so the final was completed in pencil on a 25 x 25 inch sheet of Bristol.

 This is a quick sketch of Curtiss, an incredibly smart Bull Terrier I had the pleasure of taking care of for a long time.  

This is a quick sketch of Curtiss, an incredibly smart Bull Terrier I had the pleasure of taking care of for a long time.  

 The final ink for Curtiss done on Bristol. (Approx. 30 x 40 inches)

The final ink for Curtiss done on Bristol. (Approx. 30 x 40 inches)