So the piece is pretty well under way, but more importantly I have very exciting news. They have brought "Beavis and Butthead" back to television with brand new episodes. It is truly a great time in which to live. Remember these classic moments from our childhood? I certainly do.
Most of the piece has had at least one pass at it. I have spent a bit of time building paint up on the face, hand, and fur collar, especially in the lightest areas. The face is almost ready for second painting. For things like the collar, I always find it useful to start almost too soft to get the big effect before putting in any details. Edges and value relations are two of the greatest factors in creating atmosphere, so it is better to err on the soft side of things. They can be easily sharpened later if needed. In addition, I also try to not exaggerate values too much within each element of the painting. My wife mentioned value grouping in one of her "Lucie and the Wind" postings. And yes, that is a big shadow across the bottom right of the painting.