Painting without a plan
1 Sketch out the figure
I start with a simple line sketch. It’s supposed to be a portrait, so I don’t bother with trivialities such as the rest of the scene. I fill it with colours; I often prefer to start using colours early. I can check my values using a quick temporary filter.
2 Overpainting and research
I decide that the portrait is boring and the rest of the scene isn’t working. I have a beer and do some aggressive overpainting – as if it’s done by someone I despise – then go to sleep. I start the new day by researching materials and themes.
3 Add paint on a single layer
I render everything using a simple square brush on a single layer. I don’t like using fancy tricks and specialised brushes. I like to do it the old-fashioned way, applying paint where it’s needed. I often use the Liquify filter or cut and paste to move things around.