My friend BJ Becker was kind enough to pose for a number of us while in New York a few years back. BJ is a handsome guy, dresses to the nines, full head of hair and sports a monocle. You can't ask for more!
Upon reading this week's Illustration Friday subject, I immediately thought of the old TV soap opera, "DARK SHADOWS" from the late 1960s. I was a bit young, but was fascinated by Barnabas Collins (played by Johnathan Frid), the resident Vampire on the show. I thought BJ had a bit of that same Gothic mystery about him in this pose, so I put a monogrammed ring on his little finger and illuminated it with the glow of the cigar.
I have been lax about painting directly in the digital realm, and thought I should do a grisaille in grays. I cheated by adding the cigar glow.