mai tai, the lhasa apso

When I was nine, my parents finally got us the dog my siblings and I had been begging for, a little Lhasa Apso named Mai Tai. She was super overprotective and barked at ANYthing traveling past our house, but we loved her fiercely. She made it to the ripe old age of 14. I still remember coming home from college that summer with a tremendous sense of loss, something important was missing from home.

I found this photo of her the other day and scanned it in to enlarge the facial details. I wanted to try this next painting on a brown background to see if I liked the plain tinted paper behind the portrait.

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Blocking in the nose and eyes were fairly straightforward, but I still had a lot of work to do on her ears.

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This was my stopping point for the first day. I extended her right ear and worked a little more on the coloring around her face.

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