"All dogs go to heaven, because unlike people, dogs are naturally good, and loyal and kind."
Like he had for so many others, Dogbomb has touched my life & inspired me since my introduction to him nearly a decade ago. I was very moved this week to create a piece in tribute to him, I'm only sorry I couldn't get to it sooner.
I guess I don't talk about my interests publicly very much, but one of my absolute favorite things is to recreate a style as closely as possible within my artwork for things like this. I love recreating fursuit maker styles in my reference commissions. I loved doing the Lion King & Lisa Frank icons for my friends. I loved the project I did in college recreating other artist styles with my character. There's something so enjoyable and challenging about getting it as close as possible without just directly tracing it. Its something I hope to do more in the future. Even this image is not very close, as I changed the proportions and made the eyes bigger to help it look more natural.
I wanted to create an illustration based on All Dogs Go To Heaven because, well, its just so obvious. What could be a more perfect fit for a German shepherd mutt who lived a full and courageous life? ADGTH is a really cherished movie within the furry fandom, and I hoped the familiarity of this image could bring comfort, as well as a sense of love and nostalgia to those who are mourning his loss.
I'm planning to submit this to an artist zine raising money for ALS. I may also do prints of it with all proceeds donated to the ALS association.
By the way, here was the image I used for reference, if anyone is curious to see.
If you keep hearing about this "Dogbomb" person and are a bit confused, I recommend reading this article , this post he made many years ago, or checking out his Twitter.
Forever in our hearts
this post made me cry. i was watching his twitter a when he passed and i saw the messages from his supporters and fans and it just reminded me of how many amazing ppl are in this world