I took photos of the picture to chart my progress as I worked ...
Starting off with the initial sketch - first using a pastel pencil and putty rubber so I don't damage the paper, then tidying up and adding detail with a sharpened HB.
Started from top left to bottom right (because I'm right-handed). Laying down the first layers of texture for the mane.
Finished this stage late last night so I waited to take a photo of it this morning in the daylight - such as it is! We have an eye and a cheek now. There's so much dark colouring in in this one, I've been using french grey with a touch of ice blue to bring out the highlights on the coat
Taking a bit of shape now he's got a forelock to go with his mane; lots of work still to do on shaping and smoothing of the face, and making sure I get the contours right. Not the best photo unfortunately due to the complete lack of decent daylight :(
A lot more shape around the face now. Still work to do on that part but 90% there.
Then onto the muzzle!
Almost there now, just finishing touches, tidying up and fixing to do. I've already started doing a bit of cleaning up around the muzzle and it shows how filthy the paper gets, not to mention my hands, anything I touch and the surface I'm working on. Pastels are lovely, but they're not for the houseproud :)
Cleaned up using a putty rubber to protect the surface of the paper, a few finishing touches, and then he is all ready to meet his new owner!