This is from a photo I took, which I prefer if at all possible. Once I bring it into Photoshop, I'm able to crop and compose and experiment with the values. I also like to convert the photo to greys for a better idea of the composition. You can do all of that in any simple photo software.
EM Stage 2
My initial intention was to do a thin underpainting in acrylic as a basis for an oil painting. As usual, and instead, I let the painting tell me what to do as I went along. So I washed some more color on the face, and went back in with an opaque white. I usually use gesso instead of titanium so that the paint won't build up too early. If the acrylic paint becomes thick and shiny the application of oil paint over the acrylic becomes, I think, structurally problematical and harder to work on.
I always use the fluid acrylics, and thin with water. (distilled is best if you have a well)
If I need to thin the paint extensively, I add some polymer medium.
I can see that I'm going to have to make sure the raccoon (?) collar on the coat does not get confused with her hair. And vice versa.
To counteract the orange in the skin tones I added a little ultramarine blue to the mix, and lightened the shadow side. Did a little re-drawing here and there if I was losing the shapes. Except for lightening the fur on the collar somewhat, I'll leave it til last, and after the hair is done. I gave the background another coat of gesso, and partially covered the lines that were drawn on the arms. I'm playing with the idea of leaving as is, the black and white thing that's going on. Sometimes less is more..... To be continued