For various reasons, I seem to do a lot of animal portraits. Predictably enough, I hadn't really noticed this until about twenty folks pointed the fact out to me. Many of these pictures are privately commissioned, but an equal number just come about naturally. I work alone at home, so I suppose it's not TOO odd that I end up drawing what I talk to during most of each day.

In any case, I've always been awfully fond of and been around a great number of dogs, so I end up exploiting my friends' and my own dogs on a regular basis. If nothing else, I'm grateful that, when I'm drawing dogs, they don't (in contrast to a number of people I've drawn) yatter on for two hours about their horrible date last weekend or whether, as an "artist" you think they're getting fat. And, yes, I usually work from photographs.... did you ever try to convince a terrier to pose for two hours? It doesn't work that way...

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