It took me a little while to decide what to do for this week’s Illustration Friday prompt of ‘Wheels’.┬á Odd really, since I’d been researching dog ‘wheelchairs’ recently with regard to a possible future need for Sid, but I didn’t think of that right away.┬á And – being me – I wanted to do something original.
And then, while doodling (as one does), I found myself drawing greyhounds, and then greyhounds with carts, and lo and behold!┬á I had found my subject.
Most dogs who need carts are not amputees, but dogs with paralysis problems, or lumbosacral stenosis, which causes progressive weakness in the spine and back legs.┬á But many amputees do develop mobility problems as they age and the inevitable muscle loss sets in.┬á And what do you do?┬á Do you accept that they will find it less and less easy, and more and more painful to get up and down and walk around?┬á And that when they can no longer do so without too much pain, that you must let them go?┬á Or do you find them a way to manage?
It depends a lot on the dog.┬á Some take to carts like the proverbial duck to water and they’re off and running almost before you have the last buckle fastened.┬á Others don’t like this metal thing attached to them and find it awkward, unwieldy, or even scary.┬á Some – and I suspect Sid might be in this category – simply cannot tolerate the ‘saddle’ that their belly/groin area must rest on.┬á I suspect he might be, but I’m sure as hell going to give him the chance, if and when the time comes.
Meanwhile, here’s my Illustration Friday drawing.┬á I made a sketch using pen and ink, scanned it, and then coloured it and embellished it using Photoshop. I had to use many layers, and several different techniques, including laying down a colour, then selectively erasing areas of it.┬á The sky was done with a gradient, and the sandy earth and grass with some of the many brush tools.┬á I am not a Photoshop expert, when it comes to illustration and drawing, because I mainly use it for photography – but it’s been fun learning some new methods of making marks on ‘paper’!