Rescued as a puppy from Dublin, 15-year-old Buddy lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland and starred in his own coloring books: A dog is called a buddy and Buddy goes to college. Senior art student and Irish American (American mom and Irish dad) Tara McCullough took inspiration from “15-year-old family’s best pet and companion” to create books. book.
Tara specializes in painting at the Edinburgh College of the Arts in Scotland, but she also works as an illustrator and graphic designer alongside. “I have fully captured Buddy’s personality and traits in my coloring books,” she shares. “I illustrated all the adventures of Buddy – from becoming a seasoned yogi, a trip to the Bahamas for a break with my brother Conor, to joining a cappella group and graduating from Dai learn pawbridge. Not to mention all of his favorite activities – eating, singing, sleeping, peeing, asking for snacks and walking up Cave Hill Belfast. “
Tara created the Buddy Coloring Book in 2014 as a surprise gift to her sister, Erin. “The book has been loved by all of our families and friends, so last year I decided to make the next coloring book Buddy Goes to University,” says Tara. This book is dedicated to my sister Erin again, because she just graduated from college and I am very proud of her.
Digitizing the book is the most difficult part, Tara said, taking longer than creating the original drawings.
“I had to adjust my initial drawings to works with minimal lines suitable for children to color. This project is very interesting ”.
Although Tara’s college studies take up most of her time these days, she still sells artwork by drawing people’s dogs, cats, birds, and fish and “you put a name for it! ” And plans for a future Buddy coloring book …
“I hope to create a bigger and better interactive coloring book,” Tara said, “now I know how it all works: Buddy visiting the United States!”
Follow Tara @taramcc_art and buddythedog.org.uk.