I have the background in and I'm starting to create the Momma lion. When I draw I first draw in the contour drawing. From there I start creating my subject. I tend to finish each little section as I go. Colored Pencil is a very slow medium, I tend to not to get bored with the piece when I work in this fashion.
You can see now how the momma lion is coming along. With the following picture you can see the contour drawing a bit better than in the last photo of the piece.