This portrait of Buster was commissioned by John, his owner, in the same style of the drawing he saw on Reddit of Scout. The concept for this drawing is based on Buster's favorite toy that he received in a BarkBox, which John and his wife call Olympic Man.
The stuffed toy inspired the gold medal around his neck, and the leaves along the sides are olive branches. Since that's what was traditionally used to crown Olympic winners, I thought it would be a great botanical accent to frame Buster.
John also wanted a French beret in the drawing, but we didn't want it to mess with his ears. So I shrank it down and positioned it between his ears. Which looks quite jaunty!
The portrait is primarily drawn with colored pencils — a combination of Polychromos, Caran d'Ache Pablos, and Prismacolor. The leaves are watercolor, and the name banner is gouache. I really enjoy working with this combination of materials.
You can read more about the story behind Buster's portrait on my Oxford Dogma blog.