Dreaming Of Summer

I had had an idea of a 'dog daydream' picture for a few weeks, and I knew I wanted to shoot it in the bedroom, with the dog on the floor, with the sun streaming in as it does mid afternoon.  With the weather having been rather dull lately though, or me being out, or the actual time of year (and angle of the sun) not being proper, I put it off for a while.  Finally I decided to just shoot it a few days ago and get it done.

After shooting the images I needed, and getting them roughly put together, I still didnt realy know what I wanted to do theme wise, as far as a visual hook, but since I knew it was supposed to be a day dream and I wanted him to be dreaming of summer (since the idea was conceived while the weather was still cold) I knew I needed grass.  This was a good opportunity to learn how to render grass, which I did.  This ended up being a mix of CG grass, and a photo of grass mixed in for some finer "real life" detail.  Looks pretty good to me!

Then for some reason the theme song from Reading Rainbow popped into me head one day.  Those of you who are old enough to remember it, you know what song Im talking about (and you can be sure Geordi LaForge didnt get to be chief engineer without reading a few books on warp theory!)  So, butterfly in the sky came to be the idea of what the dog was dreaming of:  warm sun, fluffy clouds, and butterflies to chase.  The clouds were actually an afterthought, once the image was "done".  I thought it needed something else, and the clouds help give it that airy daydream feel.

Overall this is probably one of my favorite pics Iv ever put together, and considering I did it in rush-mentality, I'm very happy with it.  Hope you enjoy it as well!