I first drew this with a white background, like the original photo. I thought it needed something else, as his features were too bland, so I next did a gradual shade from the lower left corner toward his face, getting lighter toward his face. I felt that still didn't look right, SO I darkened the whole background black. However, that made the hair shorter. I'm not 100% happy with his mouth. It looked a bit un-natural in the photo, and of course here? His lower lip looks to thin? Oh well...on the to the NEXT one!