I have to say I came to love this kind of painting and the more you practice it the easier it gets and it can safe quite some time compared with my regular way of painting. I also quite like Curt's idea of adding some eyecatcher in red (I assume films like Sin City and 300 being his main inspiration for this) and so I had to copy it shamelessly.
So I hope you like him Mr. Curt especially as he reminds me of some amiable Canadian with similar fancy facial hair and a preference for tweeds.
Ahh, wonderful stuff Nick! Thanks so much. He's a marvellous figure and I'm flattered you did him up using a greyscale approach (a technique which I think you've eclipsed from my original efforts).
The facial hair is spot-on. Now, if I could only come up with that impressive mane of hair...
20 points to you Mr. Niklaus!