Dolly is so excited that the international blog tour for “Douglas, You Need Glasses” is making not one but two stops at www.diapers-and-daydreams! We can’t wait to introduce you to Douglas! Douglas is a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations!
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Today, we share with you a guest post from author Ged Adamson!….
There are certain things I draw all the time. If I’m trying to come up with new book ideas or working on art for existing ones, I’ll end up absent mindedly adding one of these default doodles. If I’m on the phone whilst holding a pencil with my sketch book open, I’ll afterwards find I’ve scribbled one or all of them without thinking. They are
1. A fancy shoe attached to a trousered leg – usually showing a sock.
2. A side view of a head.
3. A man dressed in clothes from the mid 60s.
4. A dog.
I love drawing dogs. Probably because I like real dogs a lot and identify with them to some extent. Two of my books have dogs as the main character: Douglas, You Need Glasses! is about a short sighted dog; and Shark Dog is about a dog from a tropical island who’s half shark.
In Douglas, You Need Glasses! I’ve tried to make Douglas endearingly silly and clumsy in the same way that some big older dogs can be. Shark Dog, on the other hand, is more like a puppy – madly eager to learn and always racing off before you quite know what’s happening.
For drawing a dog, I always start with a big nose then add two wide eyes. I used to do these close together but now I make them further apart to give more of a childlike quality. I tend to go for droopy, floppy ears on my dogs as these tend to belong to the friendlier types but I will do pointy, sticking up ears too. Very hairy, fluffy dogs are not generally the kind I’ll draw – they usually end up looking like a bad version of Gnasher. But if there’s a scene requiring a group of pooches, I’ll push the boat out.
Saying that, the two times I’ve had scenes with a collection of doggies, they’ve both been cut. An early book idea with my characters Muriel and Herb included a gang of evil dogs. I quite liked them. Nobody else did – or the story they were part of – so the evil dogs never saw the light of day.
Another lot of dogs that didn’t make the cut were in one of the first versions of Douglas, You Need Glasses! Douglas calls a meeting of dogs in the park and we see doggies of all shapes and sizes. This whole story idea was (thankfully) pooh poohed and these poor dogs went down with the ship.
But there are dogs playing minor roles in both Douglas and Shark Dog. One of these is actually my agent Isy’s pug Rosie who is a curious, lovable creature. She has a fondness for standing on peo-ple’s heads as a way of saying hello.
The cover of Shark Dog has a sausage dog halfway into frame looking slightly puzzled at this strange half dog, half fish. He was included by chance. I was in the park sketching the cover in my notebook when the very same sausage dog came and sat beside me. He wouldn’t go back to his owners when they called to him and they had to come and grab him. So I thought to myself, “You’re going on the cover, my friend!”
I’ll never stop drawing dogs or including them in my books. Long may they run stupidly and happily through my stories! Hmm that’s given me an idea…