I illustrated this adorable duo in their Syracuse bandanas for a family friend a couple months ago and wanted to share it with you today. Willie, the black lab, passed away earlier this year and this was given as a framed gift in his memory.
This was my first illustration I did from a physical photograph. Most of the time, I print off a zoomed-out digital picture that I mark up with a pencil and use as a guide to draw my initial sketch. While it was more of a challenge to pull the details from a 4x6" print, it pushed me a little out of my creative comfort zone (always a good thing), and I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Fun fact: I usually leave my Hart (where the 'a' is an actual heart) signature somewhere in my illustrations. In this one, I made it teeeeeny tiny and put it on the tag of the Christmas tree dog toy :)
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