Thank you all for your generous comments
Not sure if I was conscious of it, but yeah, 'simplifying' and 'clarifying'.. two 'techniques' that I want to learn and employ. basically need to mentally break these down into simple geometric forms. Ideally an underlying with pencil, and then rendering in pen might result in a better picture.. but as usual my unplanned and ad hoc work means only one shot at it
The size is small.. 7" x 6 ". I used a Wality fountain pen for this (A Japanese 'F').I rolled the pen and used the underside of the nib to tone down a bit.
While I was bit lost in the details I realized the lack of atmospheric perspective...so it was an after thought. I guess one needs to do these more often to actually be able to eventually apply those consciously. Also as you see, the perspective is off at times.. the price you pay for not using a ruler, or establishing explicit VPs !
It probably took me an Hour or so. Portraits are very different, and to do a 100 'different' ones is certainly a challenge!. This piece, though contains enough variations, does gets a bit repetitive, so you get some mechanical freedom