I first sketched an outline of the dogs, then, using grey velour paper, I put the sketch over the top and with the lid of a pen, lightly pressed through to give an indent. I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to rub out pencil marks, so this seemed the way to go.
I lightly applied the base colours with Rembrandt conte pastels.
Rosie's complete and now to continue with Gracie. For the detail I used Faber-Castell pitt pastel pencils. I worked mainly from left to right in order to avoid smudging, but I also covered up sections with clean paper to rest my hand on.
Here they are - both finished - ready in time for Mothers' Day!
Now off to the framers for mount, backboard and cellophane.