This is the first stage of a pastel portrait of Jinxie the tortoiseshell. Mr Frodo's popped by for a look. I've sketched the outline and then filled in the darkest areas with black pastel pencil. Having got to this stage, I think she'd also look good in graphite as she has some great contrasting tones in her fur.
Next, I began to build up the variety of beiges and oranges in her fur as well as the first layer of colour in the eyes.