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A blog featuring illustrations and Custom Pet Portraits by Manda Wolfe. See pet portrait commissions in progress and stay up to date on studio news, as well as featured art tips and tricks.

Petcurean Spike Treat Bag Illustrations

After anxiously awaiting the launch of Spike by Petcurean I can finally share the big project I've been working on- the illustrations for all of the packaging! I'm so happy with how they came out.

The goal of the Spike treat line was to combine an illustration with a line drawing of a corresponding activity. We wanted to make the dogs happy, animated, and playful- even mischievous! The type of dog that would go nuts for these treats. 

In order to work with a tight schedule I actually recruited help from my followers on social media to find the models for the dogs on the packages and was surprised to receive an overwhelmingly positive response. A HUGE shout out to Katie the Golden and her mom Vickie, instagrammers @meekothefrenchie and @cuckooforglenncocopup the Frenchies, Jake the Bernese Mountain Dog and his mom Rachel from Haute Dog: Couture Pet Photography, the Maltipoo, and Lottie the Labradoodle and her mom Jess @jessfofess for letting me use their animals as my muses for this project. 

For the drawings I actually ended up using my sweet boyfriend Simon. He patiently posed for all of the reference photos, smiling as I barked orders at him to change positions to get the perfect shot. I dragged him to the beach, the mountains, the park, and a lake all in the name of art and he gladly put up with me. He even made me dinner on the nights I had to work long hours and stayed up with me while I tried to get the paintings done. When we couldn't get the right image for the hike, he reached out to his friend Carmine who gladly let me use a few of him exploring in Alaska. 

Thanks to everyone who participated! I'll be recruiting new models sporadically off my social media sites as projects come up. Follow to stay updated!