Manny the Most Famous French Bulldog
Dogs are an eye catcher
I was asked by LiLiPi company some time back to participate in a commissioned artwork for a collection of artworks to represent the social media animal celebrity “Manny, the most famous French Bulldog“. Being a dog lover and also companion dog owner to my best friend, Honey, I took up the challenge.
The company and Manny‘s owners provided me with several reference images and I was challenged to make a representation of him. As my style follows a painterly hyper-realistic approach I decided to do a combo rendering of the dog. I didn’t like the pose of their given reference images, so after some research I found some angles I liked, which made it a little more dynamic. I began work on the piece.
To characterise the dog breed a little better and to have a little humour to my realisation, I added a French cravat to the image. This was to emphasis the French Bulldog aspect of the breed.
As with all my artworks I tend to begin with the head details and work down, and this one was no different. Luckily I was given a very good reference photo and the detailing was very evident and clear in the process. All in all the image took 3 days to complete and as a bonus, and thinking of sales, I decided to use the cravat as a convenient border point, and did a head shot version as well.
Client: Manny the French Bulldog
Illustration: Photoshop CC
File size: 94Mbs/183.1Mbs (open)
Layers: 9 uncompressed
Hours (Preparitory): 1hrs
Digital rendering: 22 hrs
1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste
Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.