Several months ago I painted a portrait of one of my brother-in-laws two cats, Rambo. He was really happy with it and I have been procrastinating about doing a painting of Rocky. I took a few new photos and finally decided on this one for his portrait.
I sketched Rocky in white pencil first and then painted in the lights and darks. This is going to be all in black, white and gray, accept for his exceptional green eyes so I will have to create some interest while staying true to his pattern.
This is the basic start for the Rocky portrait.