This is Thomas, I found his inspiration photo on Sktchy. What struck about his photo was the angle from which is was shot. The camera view is slightly below his face and the angle is such that you can just see his left eye beyond the bridge of his nose.
I started this sketch by locating the eyes and nose and then worked my way out. Once I had lightly sketched his entire face and felt like the eyes and nose were well established. I moved up to the hair and worked my way diagonally across the paper from left to right finishing with the beard. I am right handed and working in this direction I reduce the risk of smudging finished areas.
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