Here you can see the first few washes / glazes are painted only on the most important portions of the painting. This is painted this way so that If I do not like the face for any reason, I haven’t wasted any time painting the background or other items of lesser importance.
If you look closely you can see there are pencil lines drawn over the last glaze. This was done after the painting was dry. I use these lines to guide me in the next stage. The mouth and eyes will be refined in every stage but here you can see they have just been started. I erase the lines before I paint each stage.
In an effort to create a look of warmth, the first glazes are made of of mostly warm colors, yellow and red and burnt sienna.
The cooler areas have blue mixed into the red and yellow mixture.