It's the box! As soon as you get rid of the box in the photo, the disgruntled gentleman in the prompt looks a bit happier. My wild guess (with no evidence whatsoever) is the man is a creative soul trapped in a terrible job making wooden boxes all day long. Doesn't the scarf look artistic? Or am I reading too much into it? Without the box, one might imagine he's on the verge of saying something.
A sketch treatment cleans up some of his wrinkles and makes him look thoughtful and scholarly.
wildest dreams have imagined. I really enjoyed putting him here.
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