After several weeks of working with models traveling out of the area to do photo shoots for reference, I'm ready to dive into the whole series from the beginning. I was held back a few weeks ago when I found I didn't have a model to work with for the character of Dante and my model for Virgil had recently been in the hospital for foot surgery. I had considered jumping ahead to Canto 7 or Canto 9 so I could continue progress on the series but I ran into complications with some of the poses for those Cantos as well. In the end, it all worked out for the better. I now have most of the reference material I need to put together most of the compositions for each of the 40 panels. Any supplemental poses and modeling sessions I'll need over the next 3 years I'll seek out when it is necessary.
I am going to be starting on Panel 1 from Canto 1 tomorrow. Now that I am ready it only makes sense to start this journey, albiet for me an artistic one, from the beginning and follow the poem in order until the end. I'll post once I get started.