In this pug and sock monkey illustration, Otis the pug is a little worried about his own fate after seeing that the little girl in his new home dresses up her stuffed animals. She has dressed her sock monkey in a frilly pink party dress with a feather boa! Will she try to do the same to him? It might take him a little while to get used to this little girl’s way of playing. First painted in watercolor washes, this children’s book illustration was then enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils and then scanned, corrected and additionally colored in Adobe Photoshop.

The scene is part of a larger picture book I am working on based on the true experiences of Otis the pug walking into our garage one day back in 2007 after our daughter wished and wished for a pug of her very own. After learning that the family was looking for a home for him, we adopted him and our daughter Kayli’s wish actually came true.