Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Laura Tri­este See more of Lynn Stan­ton’s work at dog­draw­

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.

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