Today's drawing is a commissioned portrait of Clyde the boxer! Thanks Pete!
I've must admit, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out--specifically on the shading in the fur. As I've mentioned in the past, one area where I've been striving to improve is in refining my hatching technique. I really admire artists who appear to have total control over every line, whereas I find it's easy to get a little haphazard.
What I found is that by layering same-directional hatching in lieu of perpendicular cross-hatching, the resulting patterns look more intentional and eye-pleasing. In this case, where the shading simulates the directional fur growth, it makes sense that crosshatching wouldn't be as appropriate a method. Other textures, such as fabric, may benefit more from the crosshatching, where the lines would represent individual fibers woven together. I'll have to experiment with that later.