As the sketch was already complete (see previous post – Work in Progress#1) I started with the eyes. In this shot the eye on the viewer’s left is still not quite there, but the right one looks spot on.
Here is a shot taken an hour or so later on the same morning…
Getting the nose right was tough (it is a mix of blue, teal, purple, black and grey, the only really pure black in the darkness of the nostrils), very hard to see it in the reference photo. Starting to rough in some of the darks (green of all things!). I had to put in a bit of the white so I could see some contrast. I really happy with this so far. I really enjoy the ‘first draft’ stage. It looks so ugly and (hopefully) you end up with something beautiful (and not mud!!!).
I am thrilled with how well the reflections show up in the pup’s eyes.