Idea and pictoral references I was hesitant to post anything regarding this project seeing that I still have the Highlander vignette and other projects yet to be completed. The project is still in the initial stages so aside from a "sketch" of the bust in sculpey and gathering references not much in the way of time has been taken away from what I'm doing now. The idea was inspired by Mike Blanks 54mm portrait of Karl in addition to his Great Northern War pieces. I even contacted Mike in regards to this project and he sent me some valuable information that will be of help. I managed to find several portraits of Karl and by comparing them for similiarities in the way the face is structured. This was a project that I had planned on doing well over a year and felt a little guilty for not doing it sooner as Mike did take the time to send me some materials.