Thursday, December 26, 2013

"Colby," charcoal on bristol board, 7 x 10 inches

This is a commission I recently finished for a customer. This is her dog's favorite place to sit while she works.

We have two cats at home that pose for me (i.e., sleep for hours on end), but when I draw dogs I think about how much friendlier they look. I heard an interview with an animal behaviorist on NPR a few months ago. He said that dogs have been domestic companions for humans so long, they've learned to mimic some of our behaviors, like smiling. He believed that cats haven't picked up on these traits yet since they've been relegated to barns as varmint control for so long. I know our cats smile too, but I think it's much more subversive because they know they run the show.