Bucky: a cute enamel pin

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Original design by Shaun Pinello vector drawing by Made by Cooper

If you’re following me on Instagram (@hellopinello) you may have noticed that I’ve been working on a comic called Sweater Kid. One of the characters in the series is a charming, cape-wearing dog who’s missing a chunk out of his ear.

Last month I ran a Kickstarter campaign to make a hard enamel pin based on this lil guy. (who’s based on my actual dog, also named Bucky) The Design above is the vector file that will be used to produce the actual pin. I’m working with a company called Made by Cooper who took my original design and adapted it to be made on their machines.

This is my original drawing:

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Unfortunately because of the pin’s size, only an inch wide, some of the details had to be sacrificed. Over all, with the limitations of the manufacturing process, I think they did a great job staying true to the original design.

The pin is currently in production and I will receive them in early August. You can pre-order your own right now in our shop. All orders receive a digital copy of a short Sweater Kid comic that features Bucky.

Sketchbook Week o3

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

This is the week I feel like I got the hang of working on toned paper. The key seems to be to let the paper be your medium value even if your working in color. That means choosing colors that work well with the color of the paper. I’ve been using Copic markers and found a few I like. E11 and E13 are good for values just darker than the paper. E15 however has too much pigment and comes across as orange. I also like R20, R22 and R24. The first two are subtle pinks but use R24 sparingly as it’s more red and really stands out. (See Man with Clown Nose and Pipe) For shades lighter than the paper you have to use and opaque medium to mask the paper. I’ve been using a white Prismacolor brand colored pencil but I assume gauche or acrylic paint will work as well.

A few people have expressed interest in seeing these sketches printed in a book and I’m seriously considering it once I get around thirty finished. But first I want to see if there is a demand for a book like that. In order to do that I’ll be taking pre-orders. If you would like to get on our email list and be the first to know when orders open send us an email at littledogcomics@gmail.com

Sketchbook Week 02

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By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Of the three sketches I made last week my favorite is the third one. That’s my dog Bucky. You may have seen him in last week’s post.

I’m still going strong with this sketchbook project. If you want to see them as I post them check out one of the following sites:

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And just for kicks, head over to our Etsy because I’m starting to post these for sale.

Bat Dog

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© Little Dog Comics 2016

There are two interests I hold above most others, dogs and comics. Kind of obvious, after all, this is Little Dog Comics. I try to mash them together as often as i can which lead to a series of dogs i know dressed as the super heroes I think they would be. If you would like own a drawing like this of your dog visit our Etsy shop.

You may notice that we haven’t had an update since April 2015. Almost a year! I know that’s a long time but we needed the time to develop great new content so that we won’t have gaps like this in the future. Our new schedule going forward will be every other Friday  starting 1/29. See y’all soon.

A New Approach

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Agent Pickle is a project that I’m incredibly passionate about (it stars my dog as a high-flying secret agent!) so I felt that I should make it the most visually exciting comic of which I’m capable. To do so I’ve spent a lot of time going back over the fundamentals of art and have taken a more painterly approach to drawing. In the past my work relied on heavy line work and dense areas of blacks. I still like that style of cartooning but for this project I’ve shifted to using blocks of tone to create depth and various values of tone in my line work to bring emphasis to certain parts of a drawing. When I color these digitally they take on the quality of a watercolor painting, which I like.

My favorite book this year was Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales with art by Juanjo Guarnido. The entire book is hand-painted in watercolor. Someday I would like to do a fully painted comic but I need more practice with watercolor first.

Be sure to stop by next Friday to see the color version!

Vintage Dog

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It’s time for another installment of Vintage Dog in which I share my collection of vintage photos of dogs.

I’ve heard the saying the more time a person spends with a dog the more the two begin to look alike. This picture proves it was true in Victorian times as much as now.

More Vintage Dog here.

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As of this posting there are 40,934,044 pictures on Instagram with the hashtag “dog.” It’s a fact, since the invention of photography, people love to take pictures of their dogs. (Check out this one from 1860.) I love dogs and old photos so I started a collection of vintage pooch photography. This is the first photo from my collection. I believe its from the 1940’s but I’m not quite sure. As I bought more photos my interests grew into vintage photography in general. These just sit in boxes and are rarely seen so I’ve decided to publish them in a monthly feature called Vintage Dog.

Quality Over Speed

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Back in January I had a humbling experience as an artist. I had a table at a local comic convention and, as I walked around the con floor, I noticed that there are two types of artists, those who take their time and produce quality work and those so excited to create that they rush and their work suffers for it. I knew which artist I wanted to be and, unfortunately, I knew which one I was. In my excitement to publish a weekly web comic I rushed and created something that didn’t match my vision. After the con I decided to take a break and re-evaluate what I was doing. I took that time to rewrite Agent Pickle which will soon be released on the site as a short story titled A Cupcake To Die For. As I’m finishing that I’ll be posting art and short webcomics every Friday.

Today’s drawing is of my dog, Bucky, as a lumber jack. This drawing started as a ball point pen sketch back in 2011 that became two failed paintings before I came back to it with brush and ink. Sometimes you have to stick with an idea for a few years before you find the best way to get it out.