Vixen preliminary sketch by ~altivo on deviantART
4H pencil on watercolor paper
The next painting is started, or at least the basic sketch is laid down. This will be a vixen running ahead of an oncoming snowstorm, trying to go to ground before the heavy wind and snow hits. The sketch is based on several reference photos of my own, with pose taken from an excellent color photo by Bryan F. Collver. I'd like to call it "The Hounds of Aeolus" but I dunno if anyone will get that. More likely it will be "Before the Snow Storm" or something like that.
Anyway, here's the pencil sketch (click thumbnail for larger view) and it's a bit hard to see because the lines are very light. I was going to ink it comic book style before coloring, but I think I've changed my mind and will paint it directly the way the wolves in "Ice Run" were done.