I thought I would post these images to give folk another look at the stages I go through when building up a painting. The use of a warm burnt umber ground is of great importance and is utilised in all midtone and shadow areas. The warmth of this ground will be visible in nearly all areas of the finished painting and will create a unity across the picture plane.
It is worth noting that there are only four colours used so far. A quick smudge of Indian red for the hair and lips, raw and burnt umber for both flesh and ruff...and of course white (titanium).