I’m sometimes commissioned to draw a pet who has passed on from this earth, and I’ve drawn others in life, who have since departed. In any case, it reminds me of how fleeting our beloved pets lives actually are. My goal as an artist is to create a lasting memory, while infusing my energy into the process. I approach the blank paper with a structural sketch, followed by a base layer of pencil to block in the values. But then I move on to drawing the fine details of the eyes. The eyes are truly the life of the portrait and they reveal the spirit of the subject — whether animal or human. RIP Bella.