I have another book cover commission. This one is about Fred, A Grand Cat. I'm using pastel on an Ampersand panel. I first applied a coat of acryla gouache to define the background and the dark values on the cat. Next I began the application of the pastel, beginning with the harder, Nupastels and then followed with softer pastels. It may be messier than colored pencils but it's sure alot faster. I plan to finish the cat tree and mouse and then work on the background and fill in more detail on Fred on the morrow.