...on to the step by step......
1-I started out with a quick pose. He had to look tough but somewhat at ease. I used head counts to keep my proportions correct.
2-Rather than having his hands at his sides, i placed them on his belt line.
3-I tried to give him a 'rhythm' but not feeling his pose. Looks more like he's posing for a fashion mag instead of seeming like a warrior. Once i got the muscle definition down, i dropped a gray tone 'overlay' over the figure.
5-Now that i have the pose i want, i can focus on the blending of the form. I cropped the bottom in to see more of the actual standing pose and his belt and added some reflective light.
6-Refining the muscle tone and pants.
8-Detail and tone added to the figure and pants. An overall rounding of the form.
9-Finishing of the left arm and some 'small details'
11-Color added to the eyes and pants
12-Highlights for the pants
15-Color added to the reflective light and highlights added to give shine to the gold tattoos
Brass Demur painted in Photoshop