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Sometimes, I get a photo and it's easy to see the pattern I need to make and sometimes I have to think about it for awhile. Of course, some subjects are more difficult than others and dogs can be both.

I chose to show you what I go through when I created Gibson and Zoie since they are one of the more difficult patterns. 

There are three tough issues when making this pattern.

1. The drastic size difference is problem one. How to get the detail of one without making it giant.
    • At first, I sketch farther away. I do a general outline of the shapes I like for movement and the shapes of the dogs.
    2. Black dogs are the hardest to draw and spots are the second hardest. And of course, we have both.
    • This is where I take creative license and add dark gray tones to an only black dog. Or, I'll choose a color with variation to give definition where you can't see it. 
    • The spots I make generally close but I'll move them if they interfere with the look or if I need cut lines. 
    3. The third is the most difficult, what to leave out. 
    • You can't add everything. It's just too much and you loose your focus. I do tend toward too much detail and I have to edit myself down. So, I look at it without any distractions of the photo and color. When it's just lines I can see where things may be impossible to make or just looks odd.

    More than anything else I want to get their essence. What makes them who they are their bounce or their tongues? It changes for every dog. For these two, I love their flow, they are so in sync with each other. It doesn't matter their size difference. 

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