Starting to apply the warmer flesh tones using Alizarin, Cad Red, Italian Pink and Zinc White. It's still far too pale and evenly toned, although the Zinc White is really coming into its own. Will let this get a bit tackier and then really amp up the warm tones and build in some blues.
I need to start thinking about how the face integrates into the ground and the rest of the figure. Maybe some loose brush-strokes and a series of glazes.
I'd really like to bleed some colour across the work - Maybe that Alizarin across the face; I'll see what happens when the intensity builds.
The Piambura (dead layer) is done. I've spent a few days on this as the tonal qualities need to be fairly accurate. I continued using the Payne's Grey and started with Cremnitz (lead) White but really didn't like it. The Cremnitz had an eggy quality and wouldn't lie cleanly on the earlier layers, especially when mixed with the medium (I use Archival Odourless Classic). I introduced some Titanium White to give it body but blended them as the colours of the two whites are quite different. I think I'll try the Zinc White next time.
In terms of the effect I think it's a technique that has potential for portraits but isn't offering the expressive looseness I'm looking for at the moment. Once this work is done I have another underpainting I'm thinking about playing with to create expressive layers.
Next is the houding layer (applying warm and cool colours to model the dimensionality of the face).