Reggie here was a 2016 portrait. My client had specific requests that made this painting particularly fun to create. He requested a color pop effect where the painting would be done mostly in black and white except for the pup's eyes. He also wanted it pretty cropped compared to the reference photo. The reference photo I was given had Reggie chewing on a spikey ball. I made the decision to convert the spikey ball into a tennis ball because those are more associated with dogs, and in black and white I was afraid a the spikey ball would look like a sea urchin or something very odd. The ball was given a color pop effect as well to compliment Reggie's glowing eyes.