This one started out great because I felt like I was really capturing the energy in the pose, until I got to the face and realized I didn’t like it in the reference because it was a bit too out of focus. So no problem, I decided to paint it from imagination, and instead of doing a slight three quarters view I went for a tilted front view. And I painted that face again and again and again and then some more. And then I gave up, to preserve my sanity 😛
Because of that I also kept everything a little less blended and soft than I usually do, so maybe it feels closer to that grittiness you often tell me about. I also tried color picking a bit, so there are a few more reds here and there.
Let me know what you think.
Thanks as always,