I am just a work from home "dog mom" as some people like to call it. My life and my husband's practically revolve around the three monsters we call dogs. Dude is a 10 year old (Nov. 8, 2003), tricolor, Smooth Collie. Buck is a 2.5 year old (March 31, 2011 Bluetick Coonhound. Iorveth, my baby, is a 1 year old (Nov. 17, 2012), black, hairless Standard Xoloitzcuintli (formerly known as the Mexican hairless).
I love my other two very much but Iorveth is my heart dog and, even though he is 57+ lbs, he insists that he belongs in my lap.
My dogs are actually what may be kickstarting one or more "careers". I make paracord collars and my boys all have several in various colors. I am still working out the kinks but, so far, my collars have endured a lot and Buck is a puller when excited so he is great proof of their sturdiness. He can be a 72 lb freight train when he sees something interesting. Another is becoming more involved int he dog world. Buck and Iorveth are very challenging dogs and have taught me so much about training and developing different styles for different dogs. As long as there is NO harshness whatsoever, Dude really is your typical, cookie cutter training program type of herder. Almost anything will work with him because he is so eager to please. The other two march to their own drums so they have been much more complex. Hopefully, they, along with future dogs, will provide me with the experience I need to start working with the dogs of others. So, as you can see, my life really does revolve around my dogs.
I like to draw and I like to write but I am very secretive about sharing so I don't actually have anything uploaded. I have recently become acquaintances with someone else on DA that almost has me convinced to upload something. She even convinced me to show her one of my drawings. SO maybe, just maybe, it will be uploaded soon.
My specialty lies in horses and hooved animals. Lately, I have been trying to expand my skills to carnivores like dogs, cats (big and small), etc. I find them difficult because of their more mobile faces. It is much easier for me to capture the facial expressions of a horse because their faces don't have as wide a range of movement. Hooved animals are, in general, more rigid than other animals and are more consistent in their body positions. I have just recently started attempting people, although, so far, I have only drawn one person three times, my Xolo's namesake, Iorveth, the elf from The Witcher 2.
I just doodle in my spare time and all of my drawings are done with a mechanical pencil and whatever eraser I can find. I prefer the Pink Pearl erasers. If it has color then it will be with colored pencils. Whatever I've got in the house. I get confused with all of the different pencils out there and don't even get me started on digital art... I may be part of the technologically savvy generation and have an aerospace engineer for a father but I definitely inherited my mother's understanding of technology... It took her YEARS to figure out emailing and texting.