I'm a little crazy about dogs (and those old advertising posters by Leonetto Cappiello). I combined those passions into a series of twelve posters and was awarded a Communication Arts Outstanding Illustration Award.
I actually did the first poster, OLIO D'OLIVA PERRO, based on my wire haired Jack Russell, Olive, before deciding to do eleven more breeds to round out the collection. The prints have been available online since 2007 and have sold in the thousands around the world.
These all started as small sketches before being painted digitally at very large scale in a program called Painter. I began by choosing the most popular breeds, then researched breed origins before creating of the fictional products that match the area of breed origin. For example, the earliest Pugs are attributed to China, before the Dutch took a strong liking to them and bred their own distinct line.