These are done for practice. I actually enjoy these as exercises in character studies, especially when accounting for forms and volumetrics. This was done as a commission on behalf of a friend from France.
Oringinally, I hail from New Jersey. After taking a few sporadic art classes, I traveled to Florida and attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale majoring in animation. Since then, I've been working and just recently made my big move to the Los Angeles area.