I was very pleased with my cat and so I felt ready to attack my new picture. It is a commission piece of a black lab, he is a very good looking dog but being all black makes him a real challenge. I looked through my reference pictures carefully and tried to find one with interesting highlights and also enough highlights to tell the story. He will be 7.5 by 9.5 in. Shown here is my outline drawing with some shading so I can see if my highlights will give me the information I need to develop his portrait. So far things look good. Now it is time to get to work.