9 Build­ing up the fig­ure

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I block the ba­sic shapes of the face and out­fit with very wide strokes, adding spots here and there, and defin­ing the pi­rate’s fa­cial fea­tures. I also set the mood and light­ing, let­ting the tex­ture and brush strokes help with those lit­tle happy ac­ci­dents. At this point I’m try­ing to stay in the mid­dle of the grey spec­trum; I never use 100 per cent white or black. It does look a bit flat, but this is just the first step: it’s the foun­da­tion on which I’m build­ing on. I cre­ate new lay­ers when­ever I’m happy with the re­sult – this en­ables me to make changes if sub­se­quent work doesn’t quite go to plan.

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