When I first started drawing, several people asked me for pet portrait commissions but I always declined. For one thing, I did not have time since colored pencil is very time consuming and I have a full time job. Also, I developed tendinitis, so I had to take a break from larger colored pencil drawings. But then I learned how to work with pastels which are faster and less physically taxing. So when my friend asked me to draw her dog this summer, I agreed to do it. I had time because I was on vacation, and I decided I could use it as practice for future commissions. It was a good learning experience, and I hope to do more in the future!