I'm sure we'll be back to our usual pouty-puppy-in-the-window shots soon enough. For today, though, Astrid informed me that you all needed a view up her poorly lit nostrils.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Doodle of the Day:
Like I mentioned yesterday, much of the concept art I've been working on lately is also serving as practice, or experimentation. I'm trying to find ways to draw certain subject matter that I either have never before drawn, or that I want to change up a bit. One bit of subject matter I've been wanting to experiment with is a little thing known as the dog. Mainly, I wanted to figure out a way to draw happier looking dogs.
The way I usually draw dog faces, such as my pup Astrid's face, always leaves them looking shocked or terrified. That expression might work sometimes, but other times it's a real bummer to see that I've created a nervous wreck of a dog in an otherwise happy scene. Cat faces have always been easier for me to draw, perhaps because their shape stays relatively the same across the species. Since I'm more comfortable drawing cats and their faces, I decided to try using some of the techniques I use to draw cats to draw dogs. The above was one such attempt.
Did you know?
Did you know that dogs have up to 300 million scent receptors in their noses? This is in comparison to a human's roughly 5 million scent receptors, and to a cat's 200 million scent receptors. When it comes to a dog's sense of smell, it can vary depending on the breed. The Bloodhound, for example, is the primary breed that has the aforementioned 300 million scent receptors. Breeds such as the Beagle, Basset Hound, Belgian Malinois, and German Shepherd have 225 million scent receptors. This would explain why Bloodhounds are often tasked with sniffing out missing persons, and why German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois often work with police or the armed forces to sniff out drugs and explosives. Many other dog breeds typically have around 150 million scent receptors, even less than cats.