Starting out with a fairly accurate drawing, and awful background (I seem to have NO sense for colour combination):
Here, the face is worked in and reasonably similar to the model:
I felt the background was awfully flat, and the shirt needed some strengthening:
This is not too far off the original. Now this has to sit for a week or more, as the WBO takes forever to dry. I will add, though, that the facial expression on the photograph seems more stern than that of the painting, when viewed directly. What could be the reason for that??
Water-based Oils on canvas, approx. 46 x 61 cm