What is more endearing than an animal dressed up as a human?  Maybe a child dressed as an animal, either way I love seeing personified animals especially in art.   For this exercise you will need to find a beloved animal and an idea of how you want to personify that animal.  I found a beautiful picture of a tiger and merged it with the goddess Venus and a peony on top.  

Sketch out your idea and start painting.  I used pencil and acrylics on 11" x 14" paper for this exercise.  

My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals - not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration. - Joanna Lumley

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