Wrick, from A 19 Planets Art Blog left a very interesting comment on the previous Biskit post. He talked about how much more realistic Biskit seemed using a photo reference and how some of the photo distortion actually gets into an artist’s work. He went on to suggest that it might be interesting to try a dog from life. The above painting was done from life. This is Haley, a friend of mine’s dog. I had just read a book about using watercolor and charcoal together and had wanted to try my hand at it. The book was titled “Painting People in Watercolor” by Alex Powers. The drawing is done in charcoal. I do more than just a line drawing when I work this way and continue on with it until I have areas shaded in. The next step is to paint with watercolor. The watercolor picks up some of the charcoal as you work in and around it. There is an interesting mix of opaque and transparent passages.