Red Setter in Copic Markers

Red Setter Called Waldorf, process and final
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers, fine liners, gel pen

Waldorf was a reader from a very young age. At three he was a fan of White Fang and the Jim Kjelgaard series of dog books. But lately he prefers such diverse topics as Nordic legends and artisan cheese making, with the occasional Philip K. Dick.

If you were a reader and a dog lover like me as a youngin, you probably read some Jim Kjelgaard. We had an Irish Setter named Rusty, and as a result I was particularly fond of the Big Red, Irish Red and Outlaw Red books, but also Snow Dog and Desert Dog. I was also a huge fan (and cried frequently!) over White Fang by Jack London. The other dog book I remember fondly is Champion Dog: Prince Tom by Jean Fritz, the uplifting tale of a scrawny Cocker Spaniel runt who grew up to be a champion many times over.

Made for a trade at Did you have favorite dog books as a young person?

Beautiful reference photo, (a Gordon Setter). Thanks for stopping in!

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17 thoughts on “Red Setter in Copic Markers

  1. minnemie

    Waldorf… his name suits him perfectly! With English not being my first language, I missed out on many fun books, but enjoy them now alondside my boys – will have to check out the ones you mentioned! We had a hero-dog in South Africa named Jock. His story is written in the book:Jock of the Bushveld. LOVED it as a child:-)

  2. Jill

    I love Waldorf and I love dogs. My first dog was a Labrador. I’ve had many dogs over the years. I currently have five–a lab, a corgi, a german shepherd, a yorkie, and a dashchund. My favorite grown up dog book is If A Dog’s Prayers Were Answered Bones Would Rain From the Sky by Suzanne Clothier. Wish she would write another book….

  3. ruthsartwork

    I love Waldorf. My favorite dog books growing up were those by Albert Payson Terhune. He mostly wrote stories about collies and I have loved them since then. I had my own as an adult and he was the sweetest thing. Now with the internet, I have been able to collect many of the Tehune books in hardcover.

  4. Elena Caravela

    Waldorf has personality to spare. I love how you used scale in your patterns to bring his snout forward and set the rest of his face back. He has almost a 3-D feel!

  5. Koosje

    What a sweet snout! That white outline is great! I don’t think I ever read dog literature… Did have a favourite picture book though, about a puppy that didn’t know what kind of animal he was, because everybody just called him ‘messy’ (because he was!)

  6. clara nilles

    Beautiful……red on red really gives a blast of color to this dog. Have a particular fondness for terra cotta reds…..and yes White Fang was my absolute favorite dog book too……

  7. Leslie White

    I love any warmblooded animal you render, Cindy. …and yes I am a dog lover. How about the book “Shiloh” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” added to that list? “Where the Red Fern Grows” also comes to mind. Am a horse lover, too, and don’t get me going on the Walter Farley Black Stallion books. Smile! Love Waldorf!

  8. Kimberly Joyce Illustration

    What a cutie pie!! Beautiful work and fantastic colors! I must say…I really love your process! I always love when artist share their start to finish!

    On that note – I love dogs, but I don’t have any of my own. The only pets I have are my family members pets :P Though I did just finish a dog portrait of 3 that i’ll probably share soon. The amount of time I spent on them makes me feel like they are my own!!

  9. Angie

    ah, this is awesome– love seeing the process work. I recently discovered “Chowder” the bulldog protagonist in Peter Brown’s books.

  10. nini

    O my goodness Cindy, he is soooooo charming! I LOVE his expression and the colors and everything! You should sell prints of him, totally!

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