Looser Portraits

I want to create looser portraits which match my other ways of working in different areas of illustration. This illustration is better but I have a long way to go in terms of loosening up. I think the more rough and suggestive textures work well and it was fun trying to define the face using face paint and the fires light.

Using blending modes to create overlays that make different elements of an image sit better together as though they are from the same world has be beneficial to the work. I think this also makes the work more illustrative. I need to blend this way of working with the smaller characters which are in other blog posts using more scratchy lines, pencil textures and gouache and watercolour bases. I also need to start zooming out and mizing up the compositions making them more imaginative.