I started this painting on a cheap canvasboard. The charcoal wouldn't even wipe off, this is the painted line stage over top of the of my preliminary drawing. I probably could have skipped this and gone straight to scumbling in the planes. Searching out the planes first has been my beginning step.
I have worked on this portrait but forgot to take photos of the earlier stages. Fighting with this awful surface. I think I'll make sure it's well dried and oilout the next sessions on this piece.