Now that the wood is prepped, I gotta get my drawing hand together! I started out in the studio making some preliminary sketches to warm up. Then, I had to dim the lights for the main event.......
Projection! This and the grid I made out of string are super helpful to ensure I get the proportions of everyone's face on a similar scale. No hierarchy here, so everyone's face needs to be the same size. You can see me using the projection of one of the photographs I took as a guide for my drawing.
Bow! There's the first level of sketching just to get the rendering of the figure down.
And of course and artist's work is never done! I had to keep going to get more faces on this this panel before I can move on to the next.