This coloration on this little guy is based on the Danish Protest Pig. Pigs don’t really live up to their reputation for being dirty. In fact, like this one, pigs are quite clean. So, it’s no surprise that the phrase “sweating like a pig” is an inaccurate idiom. Pigs don’t really sweat as they have few sweat glands and use mud as a cooling mechanism. On an unrelated note, while I was researching pigs I came across this cool project from Christien Meindertsma called PIG 05049. In it she identifies 187 products that derive a single pig.
Pig, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board