Maru 16x20 acrylic
After the last concept sketch of Maru I decided to look for a Holbein without the fancy embroidery. I love this picture of Sir Thomas More, the luscious velvet sleeves and the green drapery, and I just love the little Tudor hats on bunnies.
Maru VIII 9x12 charcoal and chalk on paper after Holbein
This is a concept sketch for Maru, an English lop rabbit that lived with me many years ago, and posed for the father of Snow White in a children's book I illustrated for Dutton Children's Books in 2005. Maru never got an old master of his own and I probably won't paint this one, since one of my cats is already in this particular painting and how many do you really need? Still, I wanted to see how he would look as a chunky royal bunny. I often do concept sketches to see if I'll like the final project.
Miss Sydney acrylic 16x20
Madame Duvaucey by Ingres
The portrait of Miss Sydney was commissioned after she had passed, so the pose selection was limited to the existing photo. I chose this painting by Ingres that I have used before for a sheep, Cathy Lamb. I love the painting - I am very fond of Ingres, love the compositions, love the detail, love the gorgeous fabrics.
Winston acrylic 16x20
Napoleon in his study oil Jaques Louis David
Winston's owner specifically wanted him in a Napoleon pose, so I selected this well known portrait by David. I cropped it to avoid putting human legs on a dog, which I don't care for as I think it destroys the illusion. The part that I used includes the all important hand-in-vest, of course.