Douglas and Ellie are dogs, but don't tell them it could be a shock, I don't think they know. They belong to my friend Vanessa Cabban. Here's a link to her fantastic blog, an inspiration to knitters and illustrators alike. Anyway, Douglas and Ellie are real characters. I like to think of Douglas as the thinker, and Ellie as the doer. Douglas has a very serious face with a long turned down nose, Ellie is fluffy and sprightly and always ready for attention.
Vanessa lent them to me so that I could draw them. They spent lots of time sitting and lying in a pool of sunshine at the bottom of my stairs.