I decided to create a maze of my dog after my initial attempt at a self portrait maze was a disaster. I completed the self portrait maze with the intent of using it for my “About Me” page on this website. After showing it to my family they felt it was very creepy and aged me so I decided to not post it. Here the link if you want to see my creepy self portrait.
Instead of a self portrait I decided to create the next best thing, a pet portrait! The maze is a drawing of our beloved two year old Cavapoo named Penny. She is truly man’s best friend and has been great companionship while I work from home. My kids hate that I call her my girlfriend even through my wife doesn’t seem to mind.
I am following a long history of artists creating portraits of their beloved animals. Artists have drawn and painted everything from race horses and lap dogs to even pigeons. Who can forget my personal favorite the classic “Dogs playing poker”. There are tons of websites currently where you can have your pets portrait painted. You can do everything from realistic pet painting to turning them into Victorian Aristocrats. I decided to keep my portrait of Penny simple but maybe I’ll do a Victorian one down the road.
Below are the color tests that I created to figure out which markers and colored pencils to use with this maze. I know the dog sketches are creepy but they’re just quick sketches to test the colors. I like to scan theses sketches in and test the colors before I commit the maze to ink because it’s important that the colors will scan and print correctly.
If you don’t want to print the mazes at home please consider using the VistaPrint link below. VistaPrint is the vendor I use to print my mazes on card-stock to hand out to friends and family. I have found that they are the highest quality and the most affordable of the print vendors. Also, I like that they allow for small batch printing which keeps the price affordable. I print them on heavy cardstock postcards and they turn out fantastic.
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