Something that's been missing from my portfolio are portraits. Portraits aren't my expertise, but it's a skill that I plan to continue to improve. I have so much respect for all the artists on here who do exclusively portraits, because they're not an easy task.
Anyways, I included the cyberpunk angle to keep myself interested in the painting. Credit goes to Aaron Beck for his work on Elysium for inspiring me to include the facial implants. I envisioned this character as a junkie who would fit perfectly into William Gibson's Sprawl series. The trachea hole is meant to emphasize the griminess of the cyberpunk vision of backalley surgical enhancements.