This is my second stab at the same painting (something I do not do very often). My first attempt was painted over a loose pen sketch and did not turn out very well. This new version has a much more refined pencil sketch as its base, an expanded composition and improved character posing. I've only begun to paint the image, starting with a quick colour fill and then some rendering to plan out the volumes and shapes. The next stage will be to paint in the light and shadows, and then to figure out what to do with the background.