Here’s the a colour study from yesterday lunchtime. Getting back into the swing of these, I’m finding I particularly have to watch saturation when referencing from photos. The shadows, if referenced directly tend to appear washed out, but by boosting the saturation and adding a bit more hue variation (blues, pinks etc of subsurface skin tones) it adds a bit more life back into the painting. Interpretation, rather than direct reference is the key, and the skill that I’m aiming to build with these.

Incidentally, I tend to reference Suicide Girl images when painting these, as I find women a lot harder to paint/draw than men, and I really like painting colourful hair!