This is a combination of the initial stage of this piece, where I lay down the foundation and structure of the environment and figures within, and I am starting to work into the character. This is the character of the wiċċe. I am taking a different approach with this piece so I have no fully rendered out the character.
Here is a color study in progress for the piece. I referenced several images of faces as I want to get the witch's face to have the most realistic look that I can possibly achieve. I also reference colors and garment choices of people from the time era that the image is taking place in.
The creation of art is about more than making something look aesthetically pleasing, it's about communicating ideas.