To get an idea of the work of the master, you can look at one of the sarcophagi, which was found in Kerch in 1900, on the surface of which there is a scene depicting the artist in the workshop. Next to the master is a palette, in his hand, he holds a specific instrument that heats up on a small portable brazier. Most likely, this is an image of a metallic cautery used to warm up paints. Also, in this workshop, you can see images of two round portraits and one rectangular one. The process of the portrait painter's work is restored in the following way: the master took a thin wooden plank, sometimes covered with canvas, and covered it with a thin layer of wax. Then he painted the surface of the portrait with paints intended for the background. An underpainting was created in place of the head and shoulders. The facial image was modeled using cautery, but sometimes the shape was modeled with the fingers, as indicated by the prints preserved on the surface of the portraits. After that, the master heated the cautery and burned the paints into the base. At the very end, a new layer was applied to the background.