Cartoon Dogs or an excuse to feature Snoopy

Reading Jane’s blog on Puppy and his creator Jeff Koons got me thinking about cartoon dogs as there is a humorous or cartoon quality to some of Koons’ works especially the Balloon Dog and the statue of the Pink Panther. But if I was honest, today I just want to feature Snoopy, my favourite cartoon character. To be able to draw a cartoon is an expertise I would dearly love to have. The ability to control line to express the exact message is, in my mind, the sign of a genius.
(Source: Charles M Schulz, The Wisdom of Charlie Brown, Hallmark)

I have been a fan of Charles Schulz (1922-2000) for most of my adult life. When working as a teacher educator I was known for commencing my lectures with a Peanuts cartoon. If you want to work with children read Peanuts as Charles Schulz's understanding of kids is unequalled.
(Credit: Charles M. Schulz "What next, Charlie Brown?" Fawcett Pub, 1956)

I have some very early editions of Peanuts where Snoopy and the other characters are much younger. Charlie Brown was four when Schulz first published in 1950 and aged about two or three years over the nearly 50 years of their publication. Snoopy, an imaginative and good-natured beagle made his debut on 4 Oct 1950 and this is how he appeared.

Some favourite images of Snoopy

I love the insights and philosophical statements that are made by the Peanuts characters.
(Credit: Charles M Schulz, The Wisdom of Charlie Brown, Hallmark)

Here you can see Snoopy as a puppy and Linus as a baby.
(Credit: Charles M. Schulz "What next, Charlie Brown?" Fawcett Pub, 1956)

And as all devotees of Peanuts know- the cartoon strip was ghost written by Snoopy - wonder dog!!
(Credit: Charles M Schulz "The Snoopy Festival" Hodder & Stoughton, 1968)

Twenty years before Snoopy was born another cartoon dog appeared. At first he was unnamed, then he was called Rover and finally he became Pluto most likely named after the newly discovered ‘planet’. This is how he appeared in 1934 with his ear stuck to a piece of fly paper.

Pluto is a fun loving, playful, loyal bloodhound though he does have an enemy, Butch.

In contrast, two cartoon dogs who certainly weren’t enemies were Lady and the Tramp who became Disney movie stars and firm favourites with all of us. Who can resist a romance even if it is between two dogs? Lady, a pampered cocker spaniel and Tramp, a street dog.

(Credit: Disney Parks)

And we must not forget Scooby Doo which was a TV series commencing in 1969 and featuring a male Great Dane. Scooby Doo started life as a bongo-playing dog named Too Much whose breed varied between Great Dane and sheepdog. But here is Scooby Doo as we know him.

I’m also a fan of Gary Larson(1950-) and his Far Side series. Larson features many dogs in his cartoons. This is my favourite cartoon of all time, and against all cartoonists.
(Credit: Gary Larson, 'The Far Side Gallery', Chronicle Publishing Company, 1989)

Look at the expression on the dog. The lines are in the exact position to get that smug expression of a dog that knows its rightful place in the boat and in fact- in society!
(Credit: Gary Larson, 'The Far Side Gallery', Chronicle Publishing Company, 1989)

If you would like to become a famous cartoonist you might like to start here and learn how to draw a cartoon dog.

Now, where to? To be fair to the cat lovers the next two blogs are for them. Prepared to be entertained, amused and somewhat horrified!

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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