My last post showed that I start with the eyes first. After I have them where I can connect, I begin building around the eyes. However, when I work around the eyes, building the image of the face out, I also work the background in. This step is important. If you are painting and ignore the background until the end, if often appears to have been a last minute addition and doesn't blend well with the foreground. You want to keep the main subject just that, the main subject!