Pet Portrait Process Pics.... (and fun with alliteration!)

Here are a few in-process shots I took while painting this cute little Yorkiepoo named Dixie.

I always start by putting a few coats of color on the background (that way, there isn't any bare canvas peeking through if certain spots of the background do show through).  Then, I sketch the animal onto the canvas in pencil and build the paint up from there!  It's neat to see the phases captured in pictures - It gives it a sorta color-by-numbers look to the process.  The highlights and the details always come last, along with a coat of varnish for protection.