This piece is excellent. The contrasting textures lend reality to the artwork. I particularly enjoy the detail to the eyes and the skin. The "warts and all" of the freckles, imperfections and pores that real skin has is reflected on the artists canvas. The contrasting textures I mentioned really stand out when you compare the head hair to the facial hair, to the fur on his coat. His face isn't picture perfect with unknowing artistic airbrushing, and the blend of colours to soften the hair, skin and clothing are in direct opposition to the stark quality of the piercing eyes. The only point I would make against this is that the hair on the top of the head is almost too "soft". Otherwise, this is a very striking work of art.