And then I continued on by whiting out the figure with gesso. As this underpainting was in acrylic I could use acrylic gesso. You can paint oil over acrylic, but not the other way around. The figures on the left are photocopies of the drawing. I used them to help me with size and composition.
This was my second painting. This time the background was done in oil so I overpainted with underpainting white. It is oil but dries faster than regular titanium white. It looks pretty bad, but that doesn't matter at this point.
Here I have begun the figure. She looks pretty ghoulish, but I am not worried. She is only an underpainting, I have more layers to go. I am just laying out the colours and drawing to see where to go next.
Now a bit further along. Can you see that I have changed the background? I put a glaze of burnt sienna in oil to warm it up and relate it more to the figure. I have worked into her face to get some sense of her. Next I will start working into her 'hair' and torso. I haven't really worked out the fungus-hair yet so I am a bit nervous about that. I don't know if I need to go back and finish the drawing first or if I should just jump into it on the painting. It will probably depend on whether I feel like drawing or painting when I return to the studio.