At Darling Harbour on Good Friday I was chatting to Fiona Verity who was painting the cityscape loosely and planning to draw into it when dry. I enjoy working that way also. So a couple of days later, on a wet afternoon, I decided to paint this statue of Boma loosely, from a photo, then draw into it.
I took the photo at Pura Gunung Kawi at Sebatu. Not the Gunung Kawi with the beautiful views of rice terraces and all the steps, but a temple tucked away in a valley in the middle of Bali and not much frequented by tourists.
Boma is a guardian figure. He is son of Wisnu and the earth goddess Pertiwi. Wisnu had turned himself into a boar and raped Pertiwi who understandably, in that form, had knocked him back. Hence the face that looks somewhat piggy (in my sketch). Boma is a guardian figure and his face is often seen above doorways. You can read more about Boma here.
So, my method was to paint first, not too carefully. I allowed some of the colours to run into one another, and others I left a tiny gap of dry paper. Then once the paint was dry, I drew into it with a Copic Multiliner. In hindsight I wish I had splashed the paint around a bit more, although the paint was my guide in all this decorative detail when I started in with the pen. Maybe I will put a few splatters of bright paint around him.