Being very much dog people, we love being asked to create bespoke weathervanes designs that clearly show the distinct personalities of the different breeds, and this Springer Spaniel weathervane is a perfect example of that. A customer contacted us asking for a weathervane based on her Springer Spaniel flushing pheasants, and as my family have had Springers for years this is a scene I know well! Even though our dogs were not working dogs, I always remember the joy and excitement on their faces as they ran through undergrowth chasing birds out, so it shows how strong the instinct is even when the dogs are just pets. So, I had plenty of inspiration to work with just from within my own memory.
Helpfully, our customer had provided photos of her dog so I knew how long the tail needed to be, and how the coat should look- this saves a lot of time rather than having to go back later and make alterations. I decided to draw ferns partly because they are so beautiful and distinctive, but also because we often walk on the moorland near Oldham, and it’s full of grouse and pheasants so seemed the perfect setting for a Springer Spaniel weathervane design. I always find it quite difficult drawing dogs in action compared with a flat side profile, but so much more satisfying as it shows the personality and instincts of the breed and the design comes to life. We’re very happy with the finished result, and proud to add it to our portfolio!
We took this photo of our Dachshund weathervane on a regular customer’s garage today, looking great against the light blue autumn sky. It’s probably the most popular of our range of Dog weathervanes, and would make an amazing gift for any Dachshund owner. I’ve gilded the letter bars in 23.5 carat gold leaf which is a really special touch; when the sunlight hits it directly it glistens beautifully.
For more information and to purchase this weathervane, check out the Dachshund Weathervane Page. We are more than happy to make alterations to the design, for example we’d love to add a wire haired Dachshund weathervane, sign and set of hooks to our range!
Initially we drew the Dachshund with his ear down, but a customer asked if we could make it look like it is blowing in the wind, and we’re really happy with the result as it’s very appropriate for a weathervane. The ear is still down in our house name or number sign design though.
We love this photo of our Labrador and Jack Russell dogs weathervane! We’ve done several variations on this doggy tug of war theme including loads of different breeds. They’re challenging to draw in comparison to designing a flat side profile of a dog, as you want to capture the movement and personality while also keeping the physical characteristics of the breed instantly recognisable. I love how the determination and stubborn nature of the little Terrier comes through here in contrast to the calm and gentle Labrador playmate! A wonderful unique gift for dog lovers that can be personalised to reflect your pets.
For more information on this weathervane, have a look at the link below: