Gene, you're kicking my arse, but it's absolutely essential that I get a rock-solid tonal foundation with something this complex (fabric folds and creases, etc.). This monochromatic underpainting will set up and support the relatively thinner color layers to follow, while providing a baseline context for values as I work in color.
Note Jack Schmitt reflected in Gene's gold visor! A'la astronaut and amazing artist Al Bean (#Apollo12), I'm planning on adding some 'Meyers take' hue variation in this piece, but not quite as out there as Al ... he owns that, but I can 'see' some colors in there that will make this a work of art, not just a stark photographic representation.
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