Originally I was going to draw just the raccoon and its shadow leaving the background totally white. Though to get the detail along the edge of the fur I found that I was going to have to push back the space around the raccoon. So if I was going to have to work the background I might as well put something interesting in there. I actually ran across this scene, be it not this actual alley, lighting, or pose, several years back while I was living in the city.
This is probably the largest graphite drawing that I have done to date, when finished it will be 10" x 16".