I’ve finally reached the last in this series of panels using the mixed technique. This last one, like the one previous to it, was a landscape composition containing elements of background, middle ground and foreground. In this case, the foreground and middle ground were figurative elements: the foreground was a quarter slice of my face; the middle ground contained a number of figures, four distinct ones and miscellaneous body-parts of two others. (Geez, this sounds like a post-mortem.)
So I was interested to render these elements carefully in terms of hue and value. For example, the lady in the centre of the middle-ground had on a very pink shirt in the original photograph. I toned it down because I didn’t want it to attract too much attention. However since I’m strongly lit, wearing a black shirt with an oatmeal coloured coat I wasn’t too worried about the foreground. Only the challenge to render it well. In the end I’m pretty pleased with the result and of course, the underpainting, underdrawing and collage all play a formative role.
Full description of the whole project here.