When I’m working on something specific, I always have a secondary piece that I can work on to mentally shift gears and try and get some objectivity. Often, those never see the light of day because they don’t get very finished, or they’re just studies or me trying to figure out how to do something, or they’re utter failures…whatever. This one started that way. I was really just playing with ways of making eyes pop in a very shadowed face, while keeping it fairly realistic. It sorta grew. I started with a very low quality screen cap and then just kept adding and detailing until it pretty much turned into a painting on me. The dagger, however, is pasted in (yeah, not gonna paint that). I’m also still mildly obsessed with negative space apparently.
And since this version is too small for my liking (a lot of detail goes away), here’s a link to a larger version http://imgur.com/5vvoE4g