ANIMAL PORTRAITS BRING JOY
WHAT starts as a few dots on a page quickly transforms into a familiar face that has brought much love into a home.
The look of joy on the face of the person who gets to see their beloved pet immortalised in pencil is Lynn Stanton’s favourite part of drawing dog portraits.
“It’s really interesting seeing the emotional reaction that people have,” she says.
The illustrator and graphic designer started Dog Drawings in 2014 about the same time she welcomed her lagotto romagnolo puppy into her home.
Since building a website and getting the word out with leaflets and business cards, the artist has been selling 12.5 x 18cm framed portraits of people’s dogs and a few cats for $125.
She uses pencils and pen on hot pressed watercolour paper.
“There’s something that people really respond to about having a drawing of their dog,” she says.
“I had this guy last year who asked me to do a drawing of his elderly dog for his wife for Christmas.
“When he picked it up he said the dog had just passed away.”
Stanton has turned some of her drawings into greeting cards and calendars which she has sold at the Newtown Festival for the past two years.
Collaborating with a writer friend, she is also working on a book of her drawings called A Dog’s Life in Europe, inspired by the furry friends she met while travelling.
“It has 25 dogs from different cities in Europe,” Stanton says.
Newtown-based illustrator and graphic designer Lynn Stanton (pictured right with her dog Mucca) sells framed portraits of people’s pets as part of her Dog Drawings business which she started in 2014.