A few months back I was contacted by a kind fan who was interested in having me do a surprise painting for a friend who is also a fan of my work. The idea was something totally in my style (I'm kind of stuck in the rut of my style for better or worse, but I love it when someone pretty much just wants me to do my thing). He suggested a figure holding a cat and a dog. And sent a few photos for inspiration. Of course my trio don't look an awful lot like the the real characters but it was fun and easy.
After a bit of discussion I do a pencil sketch for approval. And he loved it.
There is always fine tuning of colors and in this case you can see how things changed as I added more warm colors and exaggerated the shading.