This little guy is the most loving pug I've ever met. While babysitting him one time I noticed he kept hopping up on the back of my couch, perched up like a cat. Any chance he got he would crawl up on my lap and put his little chin on my knee. When his dad came home from his travels I told him all about his quirky little behaviors and his response was "Haha! Ya, he was raised with a cat." I couldn't control my laughter when I heard that. Duke is definitely a special little guy. He's been by my best gay's side for 8 years. I was so excited when his partner asked me to do this piece for him. And yes.... that's a Gucci paisley print in the background.
Below is my process of building up this little piggy. The first layer of paint and shadows always look a bit scary. If you are interested in getting your own pet portrait feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!