I've been in a real slump since my dear brother Jeff died last November. I think I'm finally coming out of it. On PaintingFriends.com we have a monthly portrait challenge. I've not done much with portraits in any medium except a wonderful weekend watercolor workshop with Bob Hague a couple of years ago in Florida. Today I thought it was time to get dusty, so I did the old man in the February Portrait Challenge. The ref pic is from Morgue File. I did it as a value study and for my second one in pastels (the first one I'm not showing! LOL!), I'm pretty happy with it. I think I'll be doing more of them!