This piece was painted live in front of an audience. I had been taking lots of reference from faces in crowds and looking for interesting features I could use as a base for a fantasy character painting.
This painting was based on an older man who was just filled with character. There was a lot of different directions I could have gone in with this painting, but I settled on an ancient fantasy warrior king.
I had the idea of using a vibrant colour in the background and letting the light and values bring the character to life.