Meegan Barnes is a Los Angeles based illustrator who is great with portraits. She does a lot of work for magazines and brands and keeps herself busy with fun personal projects. A group of work of hers that we very much enjoy is her series of dog illustrations that see dogs as dignified, anthropomorphic friends.
Her dogs have a great deal of life breathed into them. They are like little people, these creatures who she can look into and see beyond fur and wagging tails: she sees them as human. Alvin and Chloe–directly above–are examples of that and are dogs she knows: Alvin is her dog and Chloe is a dog who was adopted in Lake Tahoe (“hence the ski sweater”). Even when she isn’t putting pups in sweaters and making them look like dapper people, she’s doing realistic portraits (like the below portrait of her uncle and his dog friend Rodney) which have an equal amount of beauty to them, too. She also did a great editorial illustration for Modern Dog to show some rad dogs supporting Obama. It’s pretty brilliant.
Barnes is super talented and obviously has a lot of work that you can check out on her website. If you’re super into her dog illustrations, you can commission a portrait of your furry friend. We’re not sure how much they go for but you can bet that I am going to enquire and see how much it would be to get an illustration of our pups. What a great gift this would be!