The base color for this board was an off white of some kind. Probably from the discount rack at Home Depot. I usually begin my paintings with flat finish acrylic house paint. It's cheap and durable and can create many of the effects you want in your painting.
Originally the model was in a deep lunge on level ground, but somehow here he looks like he's climbing a little bit so I changed the floor to accommodate that.
I don't remember what the deal was with that grey smudge on the left. Perhaps some ancient-world hooligan has been writing on the opposite side of the wall with a magic marker.
I have people trying to help me get illustration work or to advise me on how apply my time and talents. But they don't have the same vision I have or the same goals.
I think fantasy art is particularly susceptible to this because up until now there has never been any use for it other than book illustration, comics, and conceptual design. So people who are in the publishing business or just fans of science fiction, fantasy and role playing games just can't see past the preconception that I'm somehow struggling to be an illustrator and failing at it.
I'm making art that happens to have a fantasy theme and I'm succeeding at it. I'm not the first and in a short time I'll just be one in the crowd, but for now it confuses people who are in the publication business. Many of them are my friends and make well intended efforts to save me by guiding down the path of their own vision.
Twenty years ago I needed that kind of guidance because I didn't have a vision of my own, but now I do and I'm pursuing it even though I have no idea where the road will take me. All I know is it's my road and I hope you'll come along for the journey.