Here I am just starting the painting of Erin I previously posted so you can see what the early stage of an oil painting looks like.
I start by blocking in some tone to work off of, and the main shapes and colors of the facial skin tones. I then work on my shadows into that tone, and build them up until I feel they are right and then put the highlights in. I go back after that and add more dark accents and final details.
I work very generally to specifically not being afraid to make mistakes because I can fix them as I work.
Enjoy the interview!