This is such an amazing piece! All of the fine details, wrinkles, skin textures. I didn't know his name, but I knew exactly who he was when I saw him.
I wish I had the /time/ to put into learning as much as you have on doing this. But, maybe I made the /mistake/ of going to college and not getting any advance in a job regardless of having done so. So now I have to work full time to pay off my loans. *sigh* I have been messing around with Blender though here and there, and trying to learn it/relearn skills I haven't used in sometime by just looking up online tutorials. I would love to have a good copy of Maya, but hell would have to freeze over before I could actually afford to buy it. XP Again....the loans. Right now it's easier and not /quite/ as time consuming for me to practice 2D art instead. But on that alone, I feel there is still enormous amounts I need to learn before I will /really/ be all that good. People like my stuff, but I still feel as though I don't know nearly enough, or as much as I really should. But working forty hours doesn't always leave me with a lot of drive to sink loads and loads of time into even video games anymore.
This has got to be one of the most incredible pieces of artwork I've ever seen! I promise you, I thought this was a photograph when I first saw it! Everything is flawless. The skin tone and texture are incredibly lifelike. Those wrinkles! I've never seen anything like it! And all the little bumps and pours on his head and cheeks bring to life the gritty nature of the character! The beard is so detailed. I can almost see each individual hair! His eyes are magical. So piercing and you rendered the color so masterfully. The lighting and shadows are perfection, and even the shirt with it's folds and the little buttons look so real that I feel I could reach out and touch him! This is phenomenal! I'm in awe of your skill!