I think that this one turned out well. Somehow the angles, the light, the expression (something like despair or exasperation) all work.
The technique is similar to this earlier piece. I started with the India Ink, then put down a dark wash (this time it was Payne’s Gray – a wonderful deep dark blue), then worked to lighten the image, using a lot of titanium white on the shirt and plenty of Naples Yellow to lighten the flesh tones.
It’s a recurring theme, too: men wearing ties… perhaps a sort of opposite persona of the green woman. For many years I worked office jobs and had to wear a tie… and didn’t really like it… so I push off against it in my art. Some of these men are about discomfort, some about privilege… some I can’t really explain.