I used a reference photo. The sky is wet on wet. Some of the fur is brushed with a drier brush. It is easier on good watercolour paper- I find the mixed media paper is thin. I used a fine marker for the black areas. It is not forgiving when you make a mistake. It was a challenge with the shades of fur so it was good practise with refining colour and tones and shades. Using the negative space and the proportion tricks was very helpful!
My water colour set has 8 colours which is forcing me to blend more and I have had to borrow some white acrylic to made the tints. Very good exercise. The landscape was especially tough, not only different coloured leaves but the sun on the leaves added a lot of other tones. Thanks to folks for sharing. Good to know we are all at variable levels and that it will take practise.