My first idea was to have two figures on the side wall, Harlequin and Columbine who are often played as lovers.
As I read more about the characters I decided to create a group setting.
Final composition on the wall.
First color block in.
I am regretting Harlequin's pattern about now.
The Captain's golden suit is based on a 15th Century illustration found here. The red suit is Pantalone, rich and greedy. The white figure in back is Brighella, pugnacious and devious. And still having trouble with all those diamonds, I painted out Harlequin's arm.
New arm, add hair and beard. More layers to deepen colors.
Change beard color, add Brighella's mask and Pantalone's cape.