Sketch to finish: Mother Raccoon

I am working on a new painting right now. This is a character who will be featured in it and I thought I will share the progress for this one with you.
1) First I do a sketch which lines out the important features, I don’t focus too much on this in order to stay flexible in the later progress.
2) I am blocking in the main colors I want to use.
3) I start to define light and shadow and give the image more nuances.
4) I render the character by first painting in some fur very roughly and then using a thin brush to paint in the fluffy, well defined hair strands and single hairs. I focus on the form and shape of the raccoon and try to underline it with the direction of the fur. I use ‘screen’, ‘overlay’, ‘multiply’ or ‘linear dodge’ brush adjustment modes to work out some highlights or to add shadows.