So getting back to the painting.
While I posted images of the goblin minions on Facebook someone else suggested that she should be interrogating a prisoner, which also sounded like a good plan.
So I shuffled through my stack of old drawings to find one that was the right position and on the right scale to work.
If the scale hadn't worked I would of course just re-draw it the size I wanted, but as it happens this one was perfect.
I really don't know what the model intended when she took this pose, but she looked handcuffed to me so I drew the chains on the spot.
Our models think I'm a little weird, but they always run over after the session, to see if I did something crazy to their drawing.
Now I use my high tech photo imaging software to tape the sketches up in my window and arrange them where they need to be. The light makes them all transparent so I can see exactly where this character will overlap another and how they will look together.
On a totally random side note.
You see all those red and black marks on my blue painter's tape? That's from masking off store windows that I used to paint signs on. If you were careful you could re-use the tape a couple times which saved me a pile of money.
Actually this may prove more germane to our story than I thought because I painted signs like these every day for twenty years and it has certainly influenced my style as a fantasy artist.