This is how I started the roughly 40 by 50 cm water-based oil portrait of a colleague. This is already the second attempt, as the first one was overloaded with featureless black clothing. I tried this scheme instead.
I felt the background colour was overshadowing, if that is the word, the foreground, so I tried to change it to some contrasting colour.
So this is the state of things, as I put it on hold.