So this July, myself and my band Solarbird will be once again raising money for charity at local music event, Festibull!
Festibull is held every year at The Bull Hotel in Downton, Wiltshire and showcases some of Salisbury’s finest live music acts.
This year we will be raising money for The Dog’s Trust and with this theme in mind, we needed to begin work on a poster.
As well as the list of band logos and event details, there is also the provision to include a few cartoon dog sketches to accompany our ‘mascot’, the Rocking Bull!
So, seeing as we’ve had several dogs from the trust (and my good lady works there), I set about creating some cartoon dog sketches.
So which dogs to sketch? Well, I needed a range of shapes and sizes in order to make the page exciting, and thought we could display the dogs either all together or dot them around the poster as necessary.
German Shepherd Sketch
As a starting point, my favourite dog breed – the faithful German Shepherd! Having owned several of these wonderful breeds over the years, this was an absolute must for me to create.
I love the comical, yet intelligent nature of the German Shepherd and that coupled with the expressionate ears give me a lot of scope for a great German Shepherd cartoon.
When thinking of dog breeds to draw, another that popped into my head was Spike the Bulldog from the old Tom & Jerry cartoons.
With their squat stature and large faces, I thought this would make an ideal accompaniment to the German Shepherd.
I’ve also his eyes obscured by a skin fold, so he is only just peeking out underneath.
Labrador Retriever Sketch
Another dog breed very close to my heart is the Golden Labrador / Retriever. My parents have had many of this beautiful and intelligent breed over my childhood years and feels only appropriate that I squeeze one in here too.
The nice thing about including this breed on the poster too is that they are a popular breed, but also the more slender shape and lighter fur tone allows for a kind of mid-range dog between the large German Shepherd and the rotund Bulldog.