Dynamic lighting and attention to detail. The stern, watchful expression on the male's face saddens me for his true danger is lurking just a few feet away behind him. The run down (or up in coming, it depends on the way you look at it) city in the background, lets the viewer have a feel of the typical frightening and dangerousness of the slums. The man could be on an important mission that includes wandering amongst ruins or he is simply in hiding or other myriad of reasons. Any way it is, this piece delights me in its tale behind the paint.
Thanks, this was one of those ones that really came together as I painted it. In fact in the rough the figures were facing the other way and the whole thing flipped over and kept developing as it went.