The "mudhead" is a teaching method created and developed by Charles Hawthorne. The model is painted outdoors, silhouetted against a glaringly bright background. The model's flesh takes on a color that resembles the color of mud, thus the term, "mudhead."
After the initial lay in where I made sure to separate the light and shadow notes of color, the features and structural changes within the form are added. However, I don't loose the initial impact of the model against the bright background. The following two paintings are examples of the development of a "mudhead" study.