Ben is a pale golden retriever. He’s my first painting commission in over three years, and I started work on him today. He will be 12×12″ in soft pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix paper. I thought I’d post my progress here for those of you who don’t have me as a contact on Flickr (roseanglaise), which is where I do most of my image-sharing these days.

Double-page spread of nose and eye studies. Pen in Canson sketchbook.

Here I’m about to transfer my drawing of Ben (done freehand, using a grid) to the painting surface.

The underdrawing’s now done. I used black conté stick and a putty eraser.

Time now for a rummage through my pastel box. Tomorrow I’ll be going in with colour …