Here is the subject of portrait No. 1. Right away you can see why I want to paint this. The guy has a great face. After cropping the photo I made a drawing of it which was then transferred on to Ampersand Gessoboard.
An underpainting done with Burnt Umber acrylic paint to pick out all the patterns of lights and darks. The face looks a bit narrow here. When I took the photo the painting must have been at a slight angle. The close up looks a bit better.