Diving right in, things start with some research and I found that Lon Chaney Sr. had both brown hair and eyes. The painting starts. I wanted a monstrous "I live in the sewers" look So I started out with a pale greenish color -
He needed a little more "something", so I added some veins, and then a pale color on top. I also darken around the eyes, and added beige to his teeth -
Taking a break from the figure, I put together the walls of the base, and added a sepia wash to the edges of the sheet music -
All that was left to do was paint his jacket/cape black with a purple wash in the recesses, ivory on his shirt, three shades of re on his tie, and a little gold on his cuff links and cape. Thanks for looking.