This started out as a quick head study.
There is a story behind this image.... it is a bit rubbish but sometimes I find a story can help push me when I start to flounder.
This is the ferryman (Charon) who carries newly departed souls accross the river Styx to the land of the dead. Typically the price for passage is a coin. AMARA was his wife while he was alive and apon her death Charon refused to carry her to the afterlife where he knew he would never see her again. He granted her a second life just so he could see her again at her next death. Life after life again and again he refused her passage in the knowledge that at the end of each life they would be reunited .... if only for a short time.
I am not sure if any of that comes through in the image but it gave me some direction.