I came across a photo of the model John Hoover taken by Abreum Garcia of Gamafotos.com.
Because of the high contrast value, and the detail of his frontal muscularity I thought it would make a good cutting.
The image to the right is a 16"x20" test cutting, done in the same blue shades as the previous tests.
I didn't realize it at the time, but what really stands out for me in this work is the model's blond hair. The test just about, but not quite, conveys that he is fair-haired. It became the starting point when I set about creating the finished work.