I am starting a piece of a handsome drum player. I began with a monochromatic reference photo manipulated in photoshop by someone else. The black,grey,white scheme was impressive and so we are staying with that. This will be created as a circular painting, later to be inset in another fabric.
This won't be a large piece (maybe 19"width) so the portrait work is fairly tiny. I used the brush tip of a Fabrico marker, and a pentel Gel Roller for Fabric for early portrait details... I like the gel roller as much and maybe better than micron pigmas for small work because in this case, I wanted dark black inking.