I am happy to tell you that I have made a start on my drawings for the 2016 Pastelesta calendar.

This beautiful dog is Luna, and will be gracing the month of December, even though that’s a very back-front way to start things!

I drew Luna in soft and hard pastels along with pastel pencils on Daler-Rowney Ingres paper and the drawing size is 8″ x 10″.

Black fur is challenging, but I enjoy adding blues, purples, greys and dark reds to suggest the highlights and lowlights. I was fortunate to have a fantastic reference photo for this drawing, Luna is looking up adoringly at the photo-taker so the eyes definitely have it!

Luna - dog portrait in pastel