Being an animal artist, I don’t often paint people into my artwork but every now and then I see an image that just speaks to me. Sometimes I hit upon a human/animal combination I’m comfortable working on. I just loved the way this little boy was hugging his dog and the way the dog was leaning into the hug, resting his head on the shoulder of the child. The expression in the eyes of the dog and the posture of the child spoke volumes to me. I just had to paint this! I’ve completed the first few layers of color on the dog and have the eyes done (the make or break moment for me!). The next step will be working on the fur details as well as enhancing color values and shadows next. So far I’m very pleased with how it is coming along.