We kicked 2013 off by introducing The Scratchbook, a column where we feature dog-themed artwork and illustrations by some of our favorite artists. It’s super fun to look back and see the different styles and themes from each illustrator. We rounded up our favorite images from each post (many feature more than one, so be sure to click through to see them all); take a peek at them below and let us know which Scratchbook month is your fave of 2013!
I’m super stoked to welcome Michele Nicolette into the ranks of our Scratchbook artists this month! Michele is not only a talented illustrator (check out her custom pet portraits), but also a professional photographer, small business owner and entrepreneur (she runs/designs Wallums, a custom wall decal company — seriously, this one’s got all of the talent!), and an all around nice human being.
Natalya Zahn is a Boston-based illustrator and designer deeply inspired by all things animal (with an obvious soft spot for dogs). Her work has been featured by the Bark magazine, McSweeney’s and National Geographic, among others. Oscar, her Rhodesian Ridgeback, comes to the studio with her every day and actually works quite hard to earn his keep: his award-winning blog, Oscar Ate My Muffin, follows his charmed (and perpetually hungry) adventures via illustration, artwork and photography.
Laura Berger has been one of my favorite artists and illustrators for a number of years, so it’s a bit of an understatement to say that I am majorly excited to welcome her as our Scratchbook artist this month! I just love the creatures and worlds she creates and am especially fond of this illustration she created for Dog Milk!
Laura Berger is an artist and illustrator based in Chicago, USA. Working primarily with gouache, acrylic, and ink, her work is focused on exploring our connections to ourselves,each other, and our environments, and centers around the idea of finding novelty and adventure in everyday life.
Laura has shown her work in group & solo showings around the US, Canada, Belgium,Australia, and New Zealand. She also designs paper goods and products, does freelance illustration work, and paints murals.
Be sure to check out more of her fantastic work on her blog and Flickr account. If you love what you see, pick up a print or two from her Etsy shop!
Alma Loveland is a Canadian designer and illustrator living in Utah. She works closely with her husband Mike at their studio, Ollibird, where they create apps, printable artwork, and toys. (Check out their recently-funded project on Kickstarter!)
This year as a personal challenge, Alma has been making a pattern (almost!) every day, and sharing them on Instagram under the hashtag #365patterns. Her patterns cover a wide variety of subjects, not the least of which are dogs, and today we are super excited to share some of her canine-inspired illustrations! Read on to see more and hear the inspiration behind each pattern!
I couldn’t be more excited about this month’s Scratchbook feature! Those awesome kids at Crazy Rebels (the same that brought us this bad ass dog tag) have created a series of illustrations in their signature “Cartoon Rebel” style featuring everyone’s favorite Brussels Griffon: Digby Van Winkle!
Known for his love of bacon, Crazy Rebels has illustrated Digby’s “Bacon Life”. Enjoy!
I’m excited to introduce our newest Scratchbook artist, Ryan M. Parker! Ryan is a Japan-based artist from Arizona who shares his lifelong love of dogs through illustration. Using collage, paint, and dry media, he tells visual tales as unique as the canines that star in them!