An artist who shared hilarious ‘flat doodles’ of their three goofy greyhounds has delighted social media users – who are now lining up to ask for their own sketches.
Connecticut-based Jay Cartner, who prefers the use of gender-neutral pronouns like they and them, began posting simple sketches to Instagram and Facebook of their retired racing dogs Stanley, Stuart and Kitty.
The simple ‘Flat Dog Doodles’ quickly won Jay thousands of fans on social media in mere days; animal lovers who have began sending the artist pictures of their own pooches, ready to be transformed into their two dimensional best selves.
The original: After 25 years of creating ‘serious art’, artist Jay Cartner has gone viral thanks to simple quick sketches of their greyhound Stanley
The muse: Stanley the greyhound, pictured, inadvertently inspired the now-viral craze for Jay’s ‘flat dog doodles’
Speaking to BoredPanda, Jay revealed that the canine sketches going viral has come as a shock as ‘no one has ever really been interested’ in their ‘serious’ art work.
‘My husband, Grady, and I have three retired racing greyhounds. I’ve been making art since my first art class at five-years-old. No one has ever really been interested in my serious stuff, but my goofy little doodles seem to make people smile! I’ve been drawing for years, and greyhounds make perfect models.’
‘Stanley was my first greyhound. He’s eight-years-old. I adopted him six years ago and he was so wonderful that I almost immediately started fostering retired greyhounds. He is an absolute goofball,’ Jay added of the beloved ‘muse’.
Fans: Pet owners have been commissioning Jay to create flat doodles of their own pets, such as Arnie the Boston Terrier, pictured
Personality: Jay believes that pet owners like the drawings, such as this one of Pippins the Whippet, so much because you can clearly see the pet’s personality
Insta-famous: Rocco, the Old English Sheepdog with 121,000 followers, was given the 2D treatment by Jay (original photo, left, by @lauraphotospets)
Jay told the outlet that they have creating art for 25 years – but that this simplistic – but successful – style of drawing was actually born from feeling stressed one day.
To relax, Jay took a few minutes to draw ‘goofy’ Stanley as he stretched.
After they found themselves at ease, Jay posted the masterpiece on social media – unsuspecting as to how widely-admired the piece was going to be.
‘I succeeded in making myself laugh and posted these sketches on Facebook in case it might make someone else smile. I had no idea they would be quite this popular,’ Jay admitted.
Comments under the artwork on the newly-established Flat Dog Doodles Facebook page show just how popular Jay’s drawings are.
‘Your amazing drawings are exactly what I needed to discover today. Can you do a commission,’ asked an eager UK-based user.
‘I want this on a tote bag,’ said another, under a picture of Stanley the greyhound.
‘Your art makes my day,’ one commentor praised
‘I think people enjoy them because our animals all have such wonderful individual personalities and these doodles illustrate these personalities in a simple and fun way,’ Jay said.
Trio: A dog owner combined two photographs in order to commission this piece of their three beloved animals together
Pretty: Jay drew this piece of Sugarplum, a blind rescue dog whose owner calls her the ‘pudge princess’
Commission: Under all the photos on social media, such as this one of a dog called Walter, pet owners are clamoring to get their own commissioned keepsakes
Jay has become inundated with requests to draw not just dogs, but cats, horses, guinea pigs, geckos – and even children.
‘I’ve been getting a lot of custom commission work, digital doodle images, original custom doodles, and custom canvas paintings. I’m also working on being able to produce and sell custom-doodle t-shirts and tote bags within the next couple of weeks.’
‘People have requested everything from a book to a shower curtain, so I’m trying to figure out how to make these options available to people who want them. I have ideas for a web-comic as well!’
Titanic vibes: Douglas the hamster was given the ‘paint me like one of your French girls’ treatment in the drawing by Jay
Smile: Jay said that they know the art work isn’t for everyone – but they’re happy that the pieces are making some people smile
‘I love to chat with them about their animals and what makes them special and I try to let their personalities shine through the drawings.’
‘I also think our current world is full of stress and negative experiences. I’ve been told that my doodles provide something of a brief escape from the crushing weight of existence. I understand that my style is not for everyone, and that is ok,’ Jay said. ‘Art is subjective. I’m just happy that I’m able to make people smile!’
‘I thought a few people might get a kick out of them, but I never expected them to blow up the way they did,’ Cartner also told The Dodo.
Don’t forget the humans: Some owners are even asking to make it into the frame themselves
Cutie: Fans flocked to tell Jay how much they enjoyed this image of Toby with tennis balls in his mouth
Popular: This drawing of Gomez was widely-liked, with one commentor joking that the dog looked like he was going to say ‘Sire, would you like a glass of scotch or brandy?’
Praise: Underneath this hilarious drawing of Norman, a social media user said ‘OMG Norm…these drawings are giving me life’
All creatures: It’s not just pups been given the ‘flat doodles’ transformation, as owners of animals like Sedric the gecko, pictured, are also commissioning the artwork