and sponged a few layers of gold ochre and titanium white.
After transferring in prominent feature lines, I began building up layers of a lighter version of ochre and white with brushes, something like 20 layers or so.
This is very good practice work for me and will probably restart it again. I feel that I could do better with lighter toned initial layers. Starting this dark makes for a lot of lightening.
Oh, and I did initially work from a gaussian blurred image. I think it helped me see the big picture of lights so it was a good training tool.