Soulful or sad?

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This is a test stamp for the train worker in my story. Of course, he won’t be printed in black, but it is the easiest color to see where things need to be cleaned up.

Faces are always a challenge because we connect with them on an emotional level. You change the angle of a handlebar and the bike still reads as a bike, but if the slope of the mouth or the slant of an eyebrow is off a person can go from looking peaceful to looking angry. Working on a small scale with only a few lines to capture the expression adds a further challenge.

I’m searching for the main character, who is a train worker. He’s old, a little rough around the edges and is a man of few words. He narrates in first person and we don’t know his name from the story. I’m hoping that the visual will lend him the further character he needs.

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