Finished this about a week ago. I'd like to do more portraits, I found this a very enjoyable, but at the same time frustrating, experience. Frustrating because I think my mind is so emersed in caricature, that I felt like I was fighting those urges all the way. The fun thing about painting this was searching for the colours, and using as many as possible to get the values I wanted. Also there were lots of interesting turning points that got me to how it looks now. The background was originally a darkish orange, but I felt the face was getting lost in it, so I wanted something that would compliment the colours of the face. I started with a lighter (but neutral) blue, then to give the composition depth, and to highlight the cigarette-holding hand (for me that's where the story is, and where his eyes are now looking, in the reference they look beyond the cigarette) I added the darker blue-grey. It's had some interesting responses so far (mainly positive thankfully), let me know what you think. It's acrylic on canvas 100cm x 70cm.
Oh, and I'm working on a couple of caricatures now, so to all the caricature fans, those will be following soon!