I just completed this commission portrait of "Genghis."
The first step is drawing the features on a wooden cradle board.
Then placing the initials values, hair textures and color.
The final portrait blends many layers of fur strokes as well as details on that magnificent nose.
As a side note, sometimes I need to work up-side-down which helps me to concentrate on
just shape, value and color (rather than thinking what it should be).