Sometimes it takes a awhile for the wee beasties to tell me what they want to be. I have finally had a chat with these two and decided on a direction to take. This was influenced by a 3AM viewing of "King Arthur" the other night when my cold kept me from lying down all night.
I went back to the original concept of the design which is the captured moment between our hero and his leading lady as she has nursed him back to health after a battle. I decided to add the battle scars to him so he is a little less than beautiful. Here we go.
They are seated on a bearskin on the floor. She has her outer cloak under and slightly around her for as much modesty as one can get in a moment before or after an encounter with a lover.
She is pale since she wears so many layers of clothing daily.
He is naked since modesty is not one of his virtues; however, his private parts are well hidden in the nap of the rug. He is bandaged and shows the abuse which battles have wreaked upon his body.
The cloak is posed and glued to her so they will travel together.
The final step is to dirty him with a Raw Umber wash over parts of his body which would hold the dirt and grime of wearing armor and clothing. Much like a mechanic's permanently soiled hands, the daily wearing of dirty clothes and heavy armor would grind the dirt into the pores of his skin and would not wash out easily. I have also added bruises of various ages. Fresh bruises are swollen and red as the blood seeps into the skin from damaged capillaries. Once the blood flow stops, the blood trapped in the skin will start to dry and shift to a number of colors from brown to deep blue (black and blue). The color shift will depend upon a number of factors. Soft tissue (such as around the eye socket) will hold more blood. The color become deeper blue to black in these areas. Skin over muscle or bone will hold less blood so the color shifts more to brownish reds. The third stage of bruising is the absorption of blood into the body. This is marked by the colors of pale browns to greenish yellows.
All these painting touch ups are subtle as not to detract from the full piece.
Have a great day!