3 huskies in ice. Latest commission. This one took quite a while because I wasn't doing just faces which is always easier and faster since it's largely dependent on fur detail and not as much on accurate anatomy.
I included the references for each dog that have the pose I chose to go with. Sticking closely to reference images helps me make sure that I get "that specific dog" correctly since each of these are an owned, loved dog and commissioned by their family - if I make a mistake, they will notice. I'm not just trying to paint a husky but a very specific husky
I have gotten things wrong before - like when I wanted to paint this particular malamute running so I got a rference for a running malamute to base my sketch off of but turns out that malamute had a dwarfism that is common in malamutes but that I did not notice. So while that picture was painted to look exactly like their malamute (coloration and such) the proportions were a tiny bit off and someone called me out on it lol. So I largely try to stick to references provided now to make my life easier- though you'll see if you study it that I have made alterations to them a bit.
Interesting mistakes I have made in the past: stripe on the wrong side of a husky's nose, painted a pup with one nostril open and one closed (I have no idea how that happened), forgot the whiskers on a couple kitties in a painting, painted the same dog twice in a 3 dog portrait (I had pictures of the dogs through the ages and managed to paint a younger and older version of the same dog thinking they were different), and painted the tail wrongly on an akita - but all of these mistakes were pointed out by their fur parents and fixed