Model is Jacob Price . As badass as he looks, this is almost a complete reversal of what his personality really is. He is probably one of the funniest people I've ever met and I can still hear his random jokes and one-liners :)
I knew that I wanted to paint someone as a skeleton during the meetup and Jacob had been wearing that Captain's hat for a few days when all of a sudden I realized that I had the perfect shirt to go along with it. Then it all kind of snowballed into this idea of a skeleton sailor with a crow instead of a parrot. He was so awesome to let me paint his face in the hot sun and even kept it on for the rest of the night!!
He took an amazing shot after we worked on these, you should go check it out here: www.flickr.com/photos/theletterjacob/7557009660/
You can also see all the amazing posted photos from meetup Midwest Flickr Gathering