Sunday, July 1, 2007


I thought I'd post a picture of the sketch of these two plushies that I mentioned I'm working on for the Art Unleashed Art Auction. I've been working on this most of the week and hope to be done with it before the holiday weekend. So far the dog is done and he looks great. Just like the doodle. The cat however has taken on a different appearance. I decided he needed to be a bit more animated looking. This plush is based on the nursery story the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat. I still have a lot of detailing and figuring out some technical stuff that I'll discuss later. If you're not familiar with the poem here it is:

The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half-past twelve, and what do you think!
Nor one nor t'other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!

The gingham dog went " Bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "Me-ow!"
The air was littered,an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney place
Up with it hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
Now mind: I'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed,"Oh dear! What shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw-
And oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
Don't fancy I exaggerate!
I got my news from the Chinese plate!

Next morning where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole the pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
The old Dutch clock, it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.

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