A couple years ago when i was in the portrait mode - I had transferred this sketch onto watercolor paoer. I dug it out of a "starter" pile of sketches that might someday call out to be painted.
Ĺ I started it yesterday with very dark hair and moutache. Then I added a background resembling oil painting strokes w palette knife. It was not working so using a wet brush I lifted the dark colors and tweaked many adjustments.
Next I used a soppy wet brush and scrubbed the colors in background to muddy it to a neutral then dabbed with textured paper towel. It really softened the whole atmosphere. I can see a few things I want to tweak more. But I think for the most part it is done. During this transition he appears younger and younger. That was not my intention.
I want to do it again and make him more weathered and worn. The way cowboys look after years in the saddle breathing dust and baking in the hot sun.