So here's what's probably my last deviation of 2009!
I'm considering this more of a figure study than a finished painting because I have a more involved background I plan to put him in. But when I was working on integrating him into it, I was dissappointed by how much of the things I liked about him, all the subtleties of his pose and features, were getting lost when he was a smaller part of a larger picture.
So I've gone back to him on his own and tricked him out, so to speak
working with just him at a higher resolution (the original is HUGE) so I could at least have a version of him with all the details I love visible.
This was primarily done to nail down values, so I haven't put a lot of work into coloring him yet - going to wait and put him into the final environment for that. Wasn't sure about the red hair, but I just may keep that...