This is an 10" x 8" male study done with ink wash. I like illustrating on paper that has a layer of gesso because the ink wash doesn't soak into the paper and I can get a transparent look to the organic background splashes. When I let it dry, I can add other thin layers to emphasize light and shadow. As I'm going to finish, I can rub out some highlights with steel wool (an eraser will not cut through dried ink). This techniques lends itself to spontaneous brushwork, yet has a solid permanence.