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Infographic: How Fast Do Dogs Age?

Infographic: How Fast Do Dogs Age?

Sources:  http://pets.webmd.com and scratch.mit.edu

 

 

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One of my pet peeves in life is when people get things wrong. I know it’s very normal, but it just ticks me off when people say that something is a certain way when it really is another. This is where I got the idea for this topic for an infographic. Lots of people are convinced that one human year is equal to seven dog years, but the aging speed for a dog varies by its breed. I wanted to set this straight for many people, so I made this visually pleasing (to me) image.

When I worked on the image, I decided to go for an paint tool that I had a lot of experience using, so I went with the paint tool on Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu) It’s the first option that would come to my mind when I want to use layers. I decided to draw the small chihuahua in the bottom left corner first. It was very fun to do; I used a couple of lines here and there and used some circles that I reshaped with the “reshape” tool. When I wanted to make a sharp corner, I used more than one point and put them close to each other. After I shaped the circles the way I wanted to shape them and arranged the shapes the way I wanted to arrange them, I used the “group” tool to treat the whole figure as one object.

I made the Cocker Spaniel and the Great Dane similarly to the other dog. Of course, I had to vary the colors and the size of the shapes. After that, I had to have something to compare to, so I added my humanoid character. I did this one in the same art style that I do a lot of my humans in, and even though it’s not too realistic, I felt comfortable doing it like so. I made the head and the hands perfect circles and the eyes ovals. After doing that, I made the body a square that I later reshaped and two nearly rectangular legs. The shoes were two circles that I also reshaped. This completed the subjects of the pictures. I labeled them: “Small Breeds,” “Medium Breeds,” “Large Breeds” and “Human Years,” in case people weren’t so sure what to refer to.

After that, I had to receive some information. I researched some information on dog aging and found a chart (courtesy of http://pets.webmd.com) that had more than enough information for my chart. I didn’t directly copy it, of course, but I did take some ages that seemed rather important to compare. I then decided to make some dog bones that would serve as boxes to put my numbers in. It didn’t take quite as long to make the bones from a few circles and a rectangle, but it was rather time-consuming to copy the bones to fill the image and to insert text that would fit in the boxes. The only thing left after that was very simple; I put a title, “How Fast Do Dogs Age?” and a short description below it. I was finished.