Another assignment for Sam Weber's. I chose to illustrate the mechanical hounds from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The hounds are described to have spider legs, a syringe, and a flamethrower (I'm pretty sure). It's been a while since I read the book. The top is a sketch to just work out the idea and experiment with a tighter wash for the head while using a bold, expressive mark for the fur and body. I plan to refine the final piece.
I also picture the final as a wrap around book cover with the head on the front and body on the back of the book.