With the decision to concentrate on the more graphic shapes and simplified design of the woman, color was the next step to resolve. I wanted it to be sophisticated and bright, and I wanted the Hurricane cocktail to read well against the background colors. So I did a series of color studies and went through the set, discarding the ones I didn’t want. I actually liked them all for different reasons, but choices had to be made. There was a reckless moment there when I considered doing a poster of all the various color versions laid out like my color composite above. But that passed quickly, and I resolved to settle on three variations. I miss working with other artists and asking for their suggestions. I can’t say I always took their suggestions, but as soon as they started to answer, I would find myself hoping they would pick a certain one, and then I knew which one I liked myself. Here are the three finalists. I am already working on the finished art, so I will make my decision very soon.