I did this particular commission for David, a nice man in Michigan who wanted this as a gift for his partner. These are his adorable dogs and he wanted them all in one portrait together.
I started as I always do with portraits - a simple sketch to make sure I have the correct proportions. To me, it's the like the foundation of a house. If you don't get it right, the whole thing can fall apart. I mean, imagine going through all the work to get the details of an eye and then realize you put it in the wrong place!
This complete piece of art is 16" x 20" on a Richeson sanded board using the wonderful, buttery unison pastels.
If you want a portrait of a favorite animal or person, let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org - it would be a unique holiday gift and not too early to have me start working on it! By the way, David and his partner were very happy with it!