i did this piece as a gift for a good friend of my family.
for pretty much every year as i was growing up, as a family we would visit and stay with lynda and les in south wales. they would always have a number of cats and dogs around, some strays that they homed and then others that had drifted by and found a home. the animals all had unusual personalities and quirks (and sometimes slight injuries or deformities! from the cats – igor had a huge tooth in his lower jaw, garfield had lost half of his tail, flo had a cauliflower ear, alice had a tail which was permanently bent just before the tip). i used to love drawing cartoons of their pets based on their physical traits and personalities. as i hadn’t done any drawings of their creatures for a while i thought it might be nice and sentimental to do this as a present for lynda’s birthday. i really enjoyed doing this piece – looking through old family photos and remebering how much fun i’d had visiting them. the images are of all of the dogs they’ve had as pets to date – hopefully you can get an idea of some elements of their personalities from their portraits.