po 1  Initial pencil & charcoal sketch on tinted board.  On the left is an 8 x 10 color test I did before starting. po 2  Sometimes I start with the background, sometimes I start with the focus point of the painting.  I knew the face would make or break this image.  I decided to tackle the hard part first. po 3  Face & hand.  Once I get those right, the rest of the painting normally snaps into place. po 4  Did I mention I love painting deep red fabric?
po 5 po 6 closeUp  Close up of final face