Hi guys, Most of you know that despite being an Australian, I have a real passion for the Maori culture of New Zealand, and I've modelled several Maori subjects over the years. In particular, I love the tattooing and scarification process known as ta moko, which is one of the most distinctive features of Maori culture. This latest bust by DG Artworks was only released a couple of weeks ago, and I immediately swooped on it. The challenge of painting a tattooed face is even harder when you see the way this face is contorted as the Maori warrior sticks his tongue out at his enemy as part of a ritual ceremonial war dance called the haka. The first steps for me are to get the skin tones right and start to build up the contrasts and ensure the muscle definition is correctly rendered. Then the focus is one the face and especially the eyes. As you can see, I've made a start on the eyes and will continue to refine those. Once the bust is painted in acrylics, I'll then paint the skin in oils. And then I'll start on the moko tattoo design on the face. As always, I welcome any comments and constructive feedback.