The GOAT of this decade (2010-2020)... I don't make the rules.
I love this background, really makes the subject pop. This is just another indication of the importance of having a larger workspace when making faces. Because I made the face on such a small area of the canvas, I struggled with the face details.
I used a different type of yarn for his sweater to really give it a 3D vibe that looks more like fabric than the rest of the yarn,