The more I look at this commissioned portrait by our Gold member Marie Huntrods
, the better it becomes. The composition alone is a work of art. This is a difficult, bottom-heavy pose to succeed with. The potentially troublesome empty space at top right is cleverly solved by the tubs and foliage, which are perfectly placed to lead the eye around and directly through the dog's head.
Likewise, the truncated tail no longer leads the eye out of the drawing, and the cropped rear paw cleverly omits the shadow that would inevitably draw the eye downwards. And by saving the darkest tones for the dog's muzzle, the eye is drawn directly to it, where the aerial perspective decrees the head to be in front of the foliage.
And if all that wasn't enough....it's a well-executed drawing that displays the character, bulk and solidity of this magnificent Shar Pei. Visit Marie's gallery
and enjoy her other works too. A worthy Editor's Choice for this month.