Ah Nicholas! I tried once and couldn’t quite get him…it was an old photo and he was looking down (you can see it at the bottom of this post), i had to abandon it eventually as the paper was overworked. The only other sketch in this series that i have had to do twice is Gabriel’s (https://zaramoon.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/watercolourpastel-sketch-gabriel-gorby-brother/). I hung out with him over the weekend and took some photo’s and gave it another go. The result is not completely him (his hair is much darker, eyes not so blue) but i am happy with the picture itself.
At this point, although i liked the image, it wasn’t Nic – so after much looking i moved the right eye and eyebrow down, moved the shoulder up, the ear and cheek in, and changed the hair. I also moved the mouth down and changed it’s shape, which really made a difference. The rest was trying to integrate these changes!
Here’s the first attempt. I really like the hair, it’s more accurate than the hair above in colour and texture, but i couldn’t get his nose or mouth to look right.