Part of the challenge every digital dog artist faces is working with pre-existing images. In an ideal world we would all receive 3MB files, perfectly exposed and color balanced with amazing clarity. The reality is usually much different. Nakomi’s art was a gift for my client’s girlfriend (Nakomi is her dog) and when Christina received the email with the photo attached she said “hey Jamie, can you work with this?”. At first glance I thought “mmm, no”. Then upon further discussion with the client realized it was really our only option. So I became determined to make it work. Nakomi turned out pretty cute, IMHO. At least, a vast improvement over the original image, hee hee.
The design of this proof was inspired by a photo my client sent me of his GF on her snowboard at Steven’s Pass, one of my very favorite places on the planet. When I saw that photo I became 110% determined to make the art, given my love for the pass and how I thought she probably felt about it too. And that made it not only meaningful to me, but meaningful to my client as well. Yay.