In preparation for my monotype class tomorrow, I have been playing with some design ideas. My thoughts about design include how to best place the figure in the space, how to break up the negative space, plus consider which parts of the image I might want to collage with some textured Japanese papers (Chine colle').
When I painted this image, I immediately thought of Modigliani's portraits. Maybe the way the head sits atop the neck. Maybe the elongation of the neck. Something about it is ringing the Modigliani chime. Take a look at this slide show of his work and see what you think.