This is Cole, a particularly curly – and happy – fellow. This regular commission came to me in late October, just before the Christmas rush, so I'm including it in my Christmas commissions list anyway because once I finished it, the orders came pouring in.
The client only supplied one photo, not normally a good thing. But in this case it was a clear, well-lit photo that I was able to work with. In order to make a good portrait, I needed to amplify what little shadows were there, and that's just what I did.
I think the result is quite pleasing. Cole looks extremely happy.