Let the magic begin
I always build the whole portrait in a rough way, in the pose, before I start to add any detail. If the rough clay captures something of the character before I have even started any detail, I know I’m on the right path. I have my favourite movie, or video, of my subject, playing with the sound turned down. If its a musician or singer, I have their music playing. I light a joss stick and create what is for me a relaxing, creative, environment to become immersed in with my subject. I say a prayer & ask for the magic to begin.