I love making backgrounds and when they are finally done I have the problem of finding something to make the whole thing pop. Sometimes that takes quite a long time. In this case, the gaucho had been motivation for another piece in the Orly workshop. I just happened to lay him on top of the background and voila, it was what was needed. The striations on the gaucho's portrait come from the uneven background. I sanded the face and got the lines.