A few months ago I created an online illustration for a story that ran in my hometown newspaper. It featured cartoon dogs and promoted dog rescue/adoption. The writer was a big dog lover into rescuing unwanted dogs from being put to sleep.
That illustration lead another dog lover to my website which in turn lead to an illustration for a poster promoting the dog rescue benefit, Rock for Rescue. Had a lot of fun with this one. The company that did the printing for the dog benefit liked my dog art and hired me to do a few designs for their dog rescue endeavors.
Funny thing is, I can't stand dogs. Cats are ok, but as far as I'm concerned, dogs and spiders fit into the same category as people who cut you off on the freeway and give you the finger. I hate 'em. Coincidentally, as I write this entry, there's a news story on TV about some wild dogs who attacked an mauled a child here in north Austin, almost killing her.
Nothing like mowing your lawn and discovering a huge dog poop mound. You can't take a jog in your own neighborhood or on a park trail without all the dog people and their huge animals coming after you. And I go to sleep every night to the tune of my neighbors two loud barking animals.
Anyway, for the sake of good business and to make an extra buck, I'd better get back to my save- the-dogs artwork.
Took the family on a shopping spree this past weekend, New Years Eve. Finances are always so tight that I rarely get to treat my family to stuff like that. Well, I had a nice check arrive on New Years Eve, so on New Years Day we got some new clothes, shoes, a digital camera, a dvd player, two new phones and some beer. LIfe is good.
Was interviewed by AACBWI (African American Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)