Here's a sneak peek at the evolution something I've been working on.  It had been a while since I picked up a paintbrush so I got into this portrait just to dust off the cobwebs.  Hoping to finish it within the week. As always, I like to pick a figure who's been pop-culturally relevant lately, nothing too serious. 

As usual, I work up my portraits from/on top of a background color.  I do not sketch out my portraits beforehand.  I didn't photograph the very beginning stages but I usually start by blocking in the shadows and highlights with umber and titanium and when the face shape generally starts to emerge from that process, I start in on basic colors.