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 a gentleman I spotted in the crowd - he looked world weary and I imagined that he had lived a storied life. It gave me the inspiration for this painting.
I had the idea of using a vibrant colour in the background and letting the light and values bring the character to life.