Illustrated Standards Come Alive with Effects
Illustrations for a breed standard may be used to incorporate special effects. Overlays achieved through computer imaging work equally well and it is no longer necessary to complete your club's booklet using special paper for this feature, which can be a substantial cost saver. Why not demonstrate your illustrated breed standard in the easiest and most straight forward method?
Overlays enhance understanding. Musculature, angles and dimensions, and skeletal illustrations can be achieved incorporating the correct as a backdrop. Not all skeletons are the same, just as all dogs are not the same. Generic illustrations of canine skeletons can be frequently found but each dog and breed is unique, so the generic skeleton does not tell the full story. The important thing is to utilize the correct skeleton for the dog in your illustrated standard. Bones must be the appropriate size and length for the particular dog illustration. Each bone in the skeleton must fit together correctly. The skeleton can be used as an overlay or alone. For example, the committee may have a preference which will determine if the skeletal presentation will be bold and simple or detailed and complex. Either method works with any breed of dog.
Overlays for the illustrated standard work equally well on various types of coats. The amount of contrast needed will vary depending upon the intensity of the original drawing and the level of transparency needed to demonstrate relationship of structure and proportion. Line overlays can be either light or dark, with the corresponding illustration used in the original opaque state or with a bit of transparency applied.
Sometimes a little spot color will demonstrate important variations as called for in the breed standard. The same dog can look extremely different, depending upon the color and markings, and where they are situated on the dog's body. Eye color can dramatically alter the look of a head. The possibilities are endless for bringing your illustrated breed standard to life.
Think outside of the box and work with the artist to achieve what will work best for the aspect of the breed that you are attempting to illustrate. Effects that work in another project may be adapted or used in a different way to best enhance your own publication. There is always something new to discover.