Hughes Brothers: Junior

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We have friends (hard to believe, I know, but it's mostly The Missus' fault - she's too friendly), and among those friends are the Hughes family. Over the course of ten years, they have commissioned me to paint each of their three German Shepherds that have been part of their clan.

This is the first, Junior. He had long ears, which I at first thought was a trick of the photos they gave me, but after the first proof I was asked to make those ears bigger. Apparently the camera wasn't lying.

I painted Junior in 2015. It remains one of my favorite early portraits.

portrait of Junior, a German Shepherd

Junior Hughes (digital, 18x24). Yes, he had huge rabbit ears!

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Topdog is Steve Merryman, a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and unrepentant asshole. Steve can usually be found working on a portrait commission or some other artwork. Steve fills his days by painting, writing, shootin' guns, cuttin' trees, hiking with his dogs, and savoring a beer or two, all while searching for the perfect cheeseburger. He studiously avoids social media and is occasionally without pants.