So I've worked through my cycling angst and have moved on to a new friendlier illustration for the Local/Euro exhibit. Here is the process so far, still some things to resolve like the mustache, the background, and some additional line work here and there. But I'm hoping to begin printing this tomorrow. The idea for this one is a combining of the mustache with bicycle wheels. The rider has multiple mustaches, each twirled into a wheel. In the background, where the wheels are now, will be a pattern of bicycles.
The basis for this portrait is an 1895 photo of Paul R. Clauss, a famous rubgy footballer from Scotland, reference found here.
Below is the line drawing from the photo reference, with additional mustaches, eyebrows, and eyes.
Below is the photo-sketch, combining the reference photo with the thumbnail sketch.
Below is the rough thumbnail concept sketch.