For the pet portrait I decided to do one of my dogs as I had already used my cat for another similar portrait. I decided to use a technique involving a pre-painted canvas. This involved using burnt sciena in order to create a fully valued piece underneath the final layers. After that I used black and white as very exclusive colors as my dog's fur. My dog has various light browns in his muzzle so I wanted to incorporate that as seen in the reference picture.
As you can see I did not want a black background so I decided on a red background. I then changed the collar to blue so I would just blend with the background. I decided on a dark pink for the ear and the whole. The rest of the face was build up of grays and a bit of white. I also added some whites for the fur and finally the brown. Overall, I think I could of done things a bit differently. I feel like I could have used more water to make the fur more "whispy" looking. Another think I could have done better was the reflection in the eye to be better. Aside from that, I am proud of this piece and would like to keep keep this in my home.