The design for the main focus of the icon is in place, with the mix of represenatives of historical figures and cultural groups. Now begins the process of blocking in (and changing) base colours for everyone depicted, keeping a balance between the whole icon. The base colours are not necessarily final but they give me a direction from which I can mix the larger quantities for all the lighter or darker shades as I move along. This process is always interesting for me, in how colours that worked in other icons, don't in another. They will appear as a totally different colour when set next to others: blues or greys looking purple or green, etc.
This is also a time when I get a better sense of the positive and negative space as, once the base colours are in place, I can clearly see what available space there is for the background landscape that still needs to be plotted. This too will need to be blocked in as I continue writing this icon. The current plan is to gold leaf anything that you see in red (red bole): the frame, the 3 halos, and whatever becomes the sky over the landscape. The red bole also informs me as to the available space for the icon's background.
This is very much in the preliminary stages of an icon. There is much to be done. Actually, this is the most complex icon that I will have written, in the short period of time. Excluding the 5 - 6 days for gold leafing and drying times, I basically have 30 - 31 days. There will be some long days.