I'm reworking a splash page doubletruck for the Mickey Free graphic novel. I'm trying to capture that early morning light on the banks of the Gila River. This is the underpainting, without the Apache village (see pencil marks, middle right), or the young Apache warriors-in-training taking their first gulp of water. The tone is right, but the toughest work is to add in those elements without destroying the feel. Verdict coming soon enough.
I often work on several underpaintings at the same time, especially if I have a pool of mixed paint that rings right in the sweet spot. In addition to the Mickey Free underpainting posted previously, here are two more skies in progress, aimed at a Wild Bill Hickok doubletruck I'm working on for the November issue of True West magazine.