Whiskered Tinkerer Dog for Illustration Friday

Jasper the Tinkerer
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

For “Whiskers” at Illustration Friday, a rather late entry!

Jasper has always been a tinkerer. As a youngster he fashioned a rudimentary mechanical ball thrower so Felicia, his younger sister, would give him a few moments peace. It only threw three balls before jamming, but his fifth prototype several years later would regularly work for a full thirty-two minutes. He moved on to snack-delivery devices after that -snacks being the primary canine motivator. He won’t show anyone yet, but I think that device beside him is one end of a conveyor belt.

I’m not actually sure that the whiskers are working here. I used a white prismacolor pencil because the gel pen leaves too thick a line. I think these whiskers are too long, but it is a whiskers experiment for a whiskers topic.

So as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been making lots of art for secret santa swaps. It is fun and I can’t wait until things arrive at their destinations. But it has also harshed my blogging vibe because I can’t post any of it. (But I will later!) Here is one card that didn’t make it into a box:

Celestina Calavera
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, white gel pen

Celestina is a Day of the Dead Calavera girl, similar to ones I posted a few weeks back. Many of the ATC folks do really elaborate and realistic ones which are super cool. Mine are more cartoonish (and the hair highlights are funky) but they are very fun!

Thanks for stopping in! I hope to get back to regular posting again.

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21 thoughts on “Whiskered Tinkerer Dog for Illustration Friday

  1. Yara

    It’s a wonderful “whiskers experiment”! I like that they are not too thick. The white outline makes the dog look so brilliant. Love your work!!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Yes, definitely also an aviator. In fact, he was originally going to be an aviator but apparently he switched professions before his portrait was complete. I don’t recall why now. Maybe because time is getting away from me these days at a seemingly alarming rate! :)

  2. Elena Caravela

    Love the accessories -the beads, goggles, earrings-event he boat window-not only fun to look at but amp up the composition considerably. But, you knew that. Great Cindy!

  3. Clara I Nilles

    Yeah….new work and it looks great! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break….see you are busy with drawing again. Like Jasper’s wiskers, they look fine. And the end of the conveyor belt is interesting……

  4. Karen Sagovac

    Love it! You can send this one to me if you can’t find anyone else to send it to?! I actually forgot that dogs have whiskers – I just thought cats, cats, cats. Beautifully illustrated – love everything you do… :)

  5. Bella Sinclair

    Jasper, Jasper! Can I adopt you, please??? I could sure use a pooch who loves to tinker and invent. The one I have now just spins and farts when he goes up the stairs. Very cool whiskers Jasper has. I think they work great!

    And Celestina is so cool! I love her ropey hair. She looks like she’s just thought of something clever and fun to do. :)

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