|My main reference photo was of our new Mayor - Rob Ford|
|I sketched out an image and then traced the image twice - one without and with a beard|
Handsome devil isn't he?
|I then re-sketched the Santa image using graphite to get a better understanding of how I would situate and use the light source so that I could paint the face more realistically.|
And this was the result
Using Norman Rockwell's Santa as a model was a very good learning experience. Clearly, I did not reach his level of execution and presentation - but the process taught me a lot.