I just finished my second shelter dog illustration for my upcoming children's book, "Gimme Shelter." This is Kamica, a dog that was rescued from the PSPCA.
I really like exaggerating certain features when working on pet portraits (thus the huge nearly Anime-esque sad eyes on Kamica). I've been communicating back and forth with the PSPCA about my children's book idea and they have been so supportive and helpful. They've put me in touch with a trainer who will be able to guide me around the facilities to take photos of the dogs and get to meet them to get a sense of their personalities (this way I can reference the photos for upcoming work).
In other doggy news, my friend Rakia invited me to exhibit my work next Wednesday evening (8pm) at 2nd & Pine under the historic shambles, where they will be holding a complimentary showing of the movie "Beethoven." Chic Petique will also be in attendance and giving out prizes to the best-dressed pets. I'm totally bringing Betty White in her lobster attire, so come out and hang with us!
Also, custom pet portraits are available at my Etsy shop, so if you are itchin' to get your favorite four-legged (or two-legged, or no-legged!) critter drawn, don't hesitate to stop by! I'm trying to save up for a refurbished Canon EOS 40d so I can eventually become well-versed in pet photography, so wish me luck!