The reference I used for this picture is a page that my dad ripped out of a book more than a decade ago. He gave it to me years ago because I liked it so much. He had plans to draw it in the past, but he never got to it. I thought it needed to become a drawing at long last. It was begging for it. I must say Jimmy had an incredible connection with the camera. What a great face. By far the best pair of eyes I've ever had the pleasure of drawing. I didn't expect much from this piece, but I was thoroughly gripped by it from start to finish. I suppose that's what makes portraiture so interesting to pursue.
I noticed, sadly, that this does not photograph well in sunlight. Although it delivers much more clarity and detail, the sun makes all my solid blacks give off this awful glare that takes away from the picture. So I photographed it in dim indoor lighting. Even then there's a slight glare on the left - what can you do? XD The WIP shows a good detail shot of the face (albeit unfinished) if you were interested: [link]
I've decided to do a few Old Hollywood portraits. I've noticed they tend to make good portraits. Vivien Leigh is next. (: