This one was fun to do, the straight gaze. I photographed the live Scott in my studio with lights so I could control the amount of shadow on his face. Control is good, I want more of it. Still, I spent a long time messing with the drawing, the part of it that I always think I will speed through and then get to the painting part, the fun part. Also regarding background, I started with a viridian/winsor red base from which I mixed all the skin tones, then used a grey with predominantly viridian in it - trying for some overall color integrity. I mean, I don't know how you get there....I'm just taking a whack at different ways to do it.
I uncrossed his left eye and re-shot this so am re-posting.