I opted to leave out the pencil sketch and go straight to ink. I also ended up drawing Ron twice, because I wasn't happy with the first iteration; but I still felt good that I had focused on the pen line to accomplish the drawing. And his hair certainly left a lot of room to be expressive!
I was going to do this as a literal portrait, but Ron's colors were delicate, and I chose instead to simply focus on where shadows showed on his face. His skin was so pale as to look ghostly, and the shadows on so young a person were merely suggestive. I painted the whole thing just using Daniel Smith Shadow Violet, which has a lovely habit of granulating here and there into a pale turquoise (hopefully just where you want it to). But in the end, I couldn't resist adding some pale apricot color to those luscious lips and some bleach blond to the wild rooster cut of his hair.
30Faces30Days — Lesson #18
Uniball pen, watercolor, in Bee Sketchbook