A great Work of Arf begins with a great photo. From there I do a contour drawing in pencil or paint and make sure all proportions are correct. Next up is an underpainting where I map out color values and decide what background color will work best with your dog. Then I add layers of color, emphasizing highlights and shadows until it's done. The furrier the dog the more layers. Often with a long haired dog I paint with a palette knife instead of a brush so the painting has an an almost sculptural quality. And, while my goal obviously is to create a wonderful likeness of your dog, I would not describe my style as photo-realistic, because well, that's what photos are for and you already have that. In creating a Work of Arf I prefer an Impressionistic style to capture your dog's unique spirit with an emphasis on texture, color and whimsy. Take a peek!