A few hours more work done on Minnie today. I have now laid down the initial colours for the whole image. It's always good to get to this point because now I feel that the 'donkey work' of putting in the main shapes and tonal areas is largely done. I can now see the whole 'picture' and start to enrich the colours, adjust values and generally refine things where necessary. The left hand side of the cat, for example, needs to go quite a bit darker.
This initial process takes a lot of concentration because I'm trying to establish the cat's markings, correct tonal values, anatomical accuracy and colour harmony all at the same time. Quite tricky but I'm pleased with progress so far. I'm running low on some of my pencils so I've ordered some more - why do I leave these things until the last minute? Bad planning!