What is it about giants? People ask me this question often, especially those who live with dogs less than 90 pounds, and it's surprisingly hard for me to answer.
They move differently. The gracefully lumber.
They have very little sense of urgency, unless they hear some sort of snack packaging rustling in the kitchen.
They don't seem concerned about what anyone thinks of them. Maybe that's it. In that manner they are a bit like gigantic cats.
Or maybe it's that in nearly every shoot I have with a giant, there is slobber.
Whatever it is, it doesn't matter. I feel at ease with giants. I dig the people who are laid back about sharing their sofas and mopping up slobber.
So maybe it is about the slobber.
Photographs are amazing and I adore them. I admire the crispness and the honesty of the images. I love the depth and contrast. I am tickled that I am able to share my view of the world in this way.
Other media have their own appeal and I admit that I wish I had the natural ability or the patience to develop mediocre skill in creating other forms of art. Fortunately, there are people in the world like Julie Puckett who make this all seem very easy.
Giant families often ask me for referrals regarding custom art and I am so happy to have met Julie and seen her work. She has a fresh, lighthearted style that is modern and full of soul. I believe her work is an excellent balance for the goofier sides of giants. Julie agreed to share a little more about her work and if her style agrees with you I hope you'll ask her to immortalize your companion. With pictures from Slobbered Lens, of course.
You can find Julie's work, Cup of Sea Designs, on Etsy.
What led you to do this kind of art? What's your story?
I’m an artist and designer who’s always loved doing little things to show my loved ones they’re special and important to me. My closest friends are animal lovers (like me!), so I started surprising them with portraits of their furry friends as gifts. They loved them so much that they started suggesting I make them available to the public- so basically, Cup of Sea is the result of peer pressure.
How would you describe your style?
Quirky, whimsical, and modern. I really strive to capture the personality of the animals in my portraits, which is a terribly fun challenge.
What has been your favorite piece so far?
I really love a piece I did for my friend of their rescue pitbull, Linus. He is such a force of joy and love, and you can see that in the picture. I can’t help but smile whenever I see it.
How did you and your dog come to be family?
My dog, Starbuck, belonged to a friend of mine for a few months just after he was rescued. They found he wasn’t a great fit with their family, and asked if my husband and I would consider giving him a home. It was by far the best decision we could have ever made! He’s such a loving, gentle dog, and he is definitely the heart of this family.
Where do you find inspiration? How do you begin working on a new commission?
I get the most inspiration from the photos owners send me of their dogs. I love seeing how different every dog is- even if they’re the same breed, no dog is the same, and I try to celebrate that specialness.
To begin, I ask the owner for some photos of their dog, and a little bit about them so that I can ensure the portrait will be an honest reflection of their furry friend.
How do you want people to view your art? What kind of impression do you want to make?
My hope is that my work sparks joy for people. I want those who view it to feel lit from within.
What is your favorite thing about giant dogs?
I love how huge their hearts are (literally and figuratively). I’ve never met a giant dog that didn’t love just so fully it (also literally) knocks you down. Animals are so special that way- they love completely, and without judgement.
Thanks to Julie for sharing the images for this blog post, which are posted with her permission.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.