Now I adivse all clients that they MUST be prepared to wait up to a few months depending on my work load. I like to take in the photographs, question the owner about the personailty of their pet, funny habbits, etc. then REALLy stare into their eye, so that I feel as though the animal is staring back at me. THEN I can start drawing, because I feel as though I am drawing a real, live animal that is sitting before me.
I may be considered a bit of a looney but I also talk to my subject while I'm drawing it, helps me to stay in the notion that my subject is real and alive!