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 damn 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.