I took a while sketching over and over again until I got a character that I liked. I referenced the Jaw line and ear for the character, everything else is done without a direct reference.
I inked and didn't realize the eye was too high
I added some tone using a red hue and then turned it into a yellow I dont show the next step, but I add a Maroon like color underneath this layer, Change the color of the hair to be white, then paint over it with a color picker from the furry coat yellow. The fur is done using a textured brush for the tones, then going over with a different brush in many small strokes over the initial tone using the same yellow. I move the right eye and fill in the gaps I blend a lot of the colors and paint in some shadow from the hair by color picking near the eye.
Some point while painting I fix the nose a bit.
Lastly I add in the eye brows again
From here I want to add some more contrast to remove the character from the background some more. At the same time I add rim lightning based off the color chosen and also add a glaze effect for the eye
Lastly I decided to play with levels to increase the contrast, I might have turned it up a bit too high, but I'm satisfied with both outcomes nonetheless.