Thanks! This is the result of a technique that I stumble upon while playing with Painter's brushes. I've also added some helpful references to my library. Specifically, "How to Paint Skin Tones", James Horton and "How to Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil", Lee Hammond. A little instruction can be a dangerous thing!
Thanks! I believe you are correct on how the fabric hangs. I've been doing so many "head shots" lately that I'm out of practice in rendering clothing. I'll keep an eye out for the Hogarth book the next time I'm at the bookstore. And yes, this is an invented person, but it was based on a past conversation with a friend who was describing the "look" that he was most attracted to.
Limits? What limits?