John Owen Underpainting

John Owen illustration based on Greenhill's portrait

This is the underpainting to a slightly caricatured portrait of the Puritan John Owen (based on Greenhill’s painting).  I didn’t rub in a mid tone.  Normally I do, but I put so much matte medium on the paper (which is sort of like Elmer’s glue) that it obscured the drawing a little.  I worried that a mid tone would obliterate the drawing altogether so I just painted the face and I’ll scrub in the background during the color stage.

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