The portrait was based on a monochrome photograph - subject unknown but obviously with some depth of character which Mike likes to portray with realism.
His drawing with 2B pencil had been done in advance (about an hour of work) and washed over thinly with Payne's Gray acrylic paint. This seals the drawing and provides a base for the underpainting also done in Payne's Gray of varying intensity.
You can see more about Mike's technique on his website http://www.mikeskidmoreonline.com/
|Underpainting in Payne's Gray|
|The painting after glazes with acrylic and oil|