|stage 1: Quickly I sketched the outlines of the collie. It's important to keep notice
of the parallel lines: ears/eyes/nose/jaw are always pointing in the same horizontal angle.
||stage 2: with various ochre, grey and blue tones I paint the under layer. (colours on
this image vary due to lightning) I do not use any white to this point. Highlights I keep for the finishing touch at the end. The eyes set the mood, so I paint
those in first. They capture the character.
|stage 3: After repeatedly softening the edges with my fingers I start working on
making the portrait more spacial. By accentuating contrast and choose a focal point.
||Finished: Finally I add the highlights with white, and with light pink I soften the
ochre colours where needed. I always mix colours on paper, I never use direct colours to capture furr. The complete portrait can be seen here
in the dog gallery.