I envision the final work in oil, tightly detailed in the face and eye. His eye contact to the viewer of the painting is key. I like the feeling he’s playing ‘peek-a-boo’ within the image. I will keep his eye expression soft and gentle. As the painting comes forward toward the viewer, the details loosen up and become more painterly in effect over his back area ~ I don’t want the painting to be all butt-shot!! LOL..that will have to be done with how I handle the oil media. If you can picture a photograph, that is sharp in focus on his face, and the foreground out of focus, that is the way I’m headed..
I think the composition has a nice flow, a gentle ‘S’ curve along his spine leads you into the painting. It’s a little hard to describe how I envision the finished work, as it is all in my head, but hopefully the sketch and my description gives you all some clue.
Stay tuned for more!