Working Up From a Grisaille

For my surface I used Belgian portrait linen mounted on a panel, which gave me the best of two worlds: the tooth of the linen and the solidity of a panel. I prepared this surface with several layers of lead white so that the weave was barely noticeable. The color of my imprimatura (toning layer), as designated by the Munsell color system, was 5YR6/2. I then began an underdrawing of my subject with an outline brushed on in Zecchi Vandyke brown, a warm brown that looked good with the imprimatura. I have a general rule: Keep the painting looking good
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Working Up From a Grisaille