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Role Model

Inspired by her own dog, Sum Leung’s work finds and exposes the inherent stylishness of each of her four-legged subjects.

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Role Model

Dogs are enjoying a newfound spotlight in the world of portraiture right now, with photos of beloved canines being elevated from casual family snapsand into the realm of high fashion. We’ve seen it done with Menswear Dog, and with William Wegman’s painfully stylish canine photos for Acne, but Sum Leung’s custom illustrated portraits stake a new place for dogs in the world of graphic art.

Inspired by her own dog—ten year-old corgi VV, who was the first ever Woof Model—Leung’s work finds and exposes the inherent stylishness of each of her subjects, whether that’s a bulldog in a bowtie, or a Weimaraner in a veil. “I let the dogs personality dictate what style I think they should wear,” explains Leung. “A style that best captures their personality. You can have two dogs of the same breed, and they’ll be completely different: one will be bold and courageous, the other might be shy and quiet. That’s what I try to capture in every portrait.”


All artwork courtesy of Sum Leung
Prints are available for purchase online
woofmodels.com

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