What to do. What to do.
I thought things were off to a smooth start on this until I had to draw Cyclops' optic blast.
Given the angle of the face, the beam would have to obscure part of the figure and I had to decide which part!
You see Cyclops doesn't shoot laser beams out of his eyes, he emits concussive force blasts! Ahh, see the difference?
Every single comic representation of Cyclops' optic beams have all been shown to be solid NOT transparent (as seen below). So it's inevitable that the blast would cover something.
Not wanting it to look puny, I made the beam as wide as possible and then had to make a decision. Either obscure the nose, mouth, and shoulder or hide part of the hand and forearm.
The profile of the face and bulge of the trapezius muscle really appealed to me and I didn't want to lose either one, so I went ahead and had Cyclops shooting off to the side instead of down the middle.
I hope I made the right choice!
With that settled and the shadows penciled in, the next step is the fun part.....laying down the paint!