- Dog Portrait Trio - Casper, Bear and Yasha
Commissioned by a ceramic artist in the US (a contact I made through my sculpting/collecting), Casper, Bear and Yasha are a trio of German Mittelspitz dogs, also known as Eskimo dogs. Classed as the "middle" size of Mittelspitz, these dogs each have a personality completely their own, which I hope to be able to show in their portraits.
So far I have completed two of the three portraits; Casper, an older dog of the more traditional "Circus Dog" build, and Bear, a large, solid built dog with extremely thick and soft fur. Yahsa' portrait will follow soon, she is Bear's sister and is of a much finer, more ladylike build.
This is Casper, he's getting on in years but his owner asked for an honest portrait. Casper is a real character; whilst his younger friends excercise by pulling a custom-made trailer, Casper rides alongside their owner until they get to the park, where he joins them in a good run about, before being chauffered home again after!
Below Casper is Bear - he's in the centre of the photo of the three dogs. Bear is a manly dog - about 4 years old at the time of this photo, he is a large, strong boy who likes to throw his weight about.
Finally we have Yasha, the little Foxy lady who is the apple of her owner's eye!