This is my nephew John. I told him I would not be painting him in the style of a fashion model. It would be rougher, more masculine. He said "I'm Fine with That".
This is looser and freer. A real departure for me. I see some good things and some things I am not so enamored with. I did it in two weekends with plenty of other things going on, so I guess I have 16-20 hours in it. Its 24x20, oil on panel, which is also a departure for me. I love the feel of the brush across the smooth panel. I made it with masonite from the home center and added stretchers to the back for stability. Then I routed the edges for smoothness and uniformity. Finally, I applied 2-3 coats of gesso and sanded between coats. There are no nails or screws, just glue.
Finally, I used a Zorn palette for the face and mixed everything on the fly. A total departure from the method and for me personally. I did check colors so they are pretty close.
I hope he likes it. Let me know what you think.