I’ve painted this on a board using just acrylic paint. This is the first stage. I’ve used all quite light, and skin tone colours with lots of white. I’ve tried to make the area surrounding the central portrait lighter because I want the face to stand out a little more, but also because I intend to create detailing on this area.
Half the face is covered, this is to signify that the person in this feels like half of them is hidden. The fact it is by their own hand also gives the impression they are hiding themselves.
The surrounding area will be created with Henna, in a Mehndi inspired way. Included within these marks will be certain patterns that contain symbolism.