This piece was something of an exercise. Most of my color work is done kind of coloring book style. I do a black and white drawing and then start coloring in, trying not to go outside the black line. One gets a MUCH different effect if one eliminates the line drawing. The piece will feel much more like a true painting and less like an illustration.
This portrait of Tarzan and Jane was one my numerous attempts to ween myself off the use of line and paint directly over the penciled drawing. Unfortunately, the illustration board I was using began to behave badly—it started to produce what's known as a 'granulated texture' as I put down the glazes of color. Sometimes you can make that effect work for you, but not when trying to capture the texture of flesh, and this was a particularly bad case of granulation. So, after a good cry, I abandoned the piece.