The way everything is laid out, and the title, I can't help but feel like the dog has come across the remains of a dead boy...possibly the dogs young companion and protecting him from further disaster. The dogs looks protective, wary, and slightly abused himself--it makes me wonder what you could have been feeling while drawing this. If a story inspired it, if at any point emotion became too much and you maybe had to step away...or if it was so much that you just had to get it all over with and out of your system. It's amazing the story that can be seen in this piece--even if I'm wrong about what's happening/happened...it's still telling and emotional.
Maybe it's because I'm a funeral director/embalmer...but I swear I've been haunted by faces with half lidded eyes that just won't close and the lax jaw before...the more I look at this the more pained I feel. It's horrible and grotesque and yet I can't stop wondering. Brilliant job and congratulations on the recognition today. If you ever feel like telling me the story behind this, your views and opinions, I'd love to hear it all.
It's very nice to hear your experiences as well, whatever you get from this artwork it's absolutely right and there's no need for me to tell you the story as you have understand it perfectly, the artwork also get richer with your interpretations and I feel great to hear you could feel this.
It wasn't hard at all to work with this, I always welcome all those emotions that comes to me when dealing with this subject matters, I like to feel that portraying the dead it's a way to prevent people from forgetting our frail existence and a way to make people wonder about their own existence.
Will love to exchange more opinions and would be awesome to hear some stories you have from your line of work feel free to add me on facebook to chat some day www.facebook.com/kikyz1313art