A rough sketch on the prepared canvas to get the layout right.
Then blocking in some colours.
Filling in more details and working on the shape of his back.
Almost finished, just the background colours to work on and refine his features.
This is one of my favourite poses of Merlins and I feel it sums his personality up so well as he's always ready to take off after whatever catches his eye :D
I'm enjoying playing with light in these paintings and have several ideas forming for the next ones. Meanwhile I have quite a few photos to go through after a successful trip to the Butser Ancient Farm, but more on that later.
Have a good day all :D