The client who commissioned this portrait to give as a gift to a friend finally gave it (she was having trouble parting with it!) so now I can show you what it really looks like.
I was really happy that it turned out so well, since it was the first time I had attempted a close-up head shot on the Aquabord™. It’s easier to fudge when each part of the figure is a lot smaller–not so much detail to watch out for. Real-world confirmation of the likeness was when more than one person who actually knew this horse said it looked just like him. Yay!