When I first started selling and marketing my art, many years ago in the UK, my bread and butter income was from animal portraits. I have evolved (or should that be devolved?) into fish and water, but I still keep a soft spot for painting and drawing animals.
I've been painting water steadily for a few weeks and needed a break so this little pug face was fun to play around with. Its on a 7 x 5 panel in oils left over on the palette from another painting. I started too far down the panel for some reason, but the dog was resting its chin on a surface. Then there's the nose that just won't do what I want it to... If it was a commission, this would be a study and I'd fix the composition on the main painting. But as it was practice sketch, I'm not worrying about perfection.
And pugs. Haven't they got such sad little faces, but simply adorable?