This is a gift for one of our teacher's who is retiring this year. I don't usually start with a tight drawing but in this case I needed to get the likeness of a specific dog.
After the drawing I do a loose under painting.
After the under painting It's just a matter of blocking in the fur color. I try to make an interesting combination of warm and cool values while maintaining the dog's likeness.
once the pooch has been blocked in I paint in the background. Sometimes I will start putting in the background sooner so I can adjust the other colors to the dark value that will be surrounding them. In this case, I chose not to do that. During this phase I try to pay close attention to my edges.