This is more for my own peace of mind than anything else. I'm going to put progress shots up as I work through each of my commissions so I can see how the drawing develops and where I need to improve areas before I finish it- much easier to touch up before the final layers of pastel go on as the paper will only take so much pigment.
At the moment I'm working on an old dog of mixed breeding. He was purchased from the RSPCA at 2 years old by his current ower, who absolutely adores him!!!
Original Image (difficult to draw from as it is quite blury, when I try to zoom up on features it gets really pixilated and makes my life **** difficult, so it'll be interesting to see what results I get with it)
Step one: Measure the photo up to size (in this case A4) and mark the measurements of crucial features on plain cartridge paper. A clear, basic outline helps me with the actual drawing to keep it true in proportion.
Step Two: Transfer image on cartridge paper onto coloured Canson paper (lengthly process in commissions as I meaure each section to get the propertions perfect. When I am drawing for myself I do it freehand to develop my eye for detail)
Step Three: Start the under coat in the upper right hand corner (as I am right handed, I work from left to right to avoid smudging), and begin to add detail.
Will post as I get further along.