After aimlessly sketching meaningless things for two days to try and re-discover drawing again, I managed to do this on the train ride home; the first fairly decent piece... I didn't even plan on drawing Eric, he just happened. Well, his hands happened first, I just kept adding afterwards. It's my typical jumble of materials: fineliners, black marker, blue COPIC marker, red, blue and gray color pencils, COPIC opaque white and a little bit watercolor.
"Girls? You'd go for females? Why?" "Oh, naturally. I am of course aware of the preference for male founders in classical genetic engineering. They are easier to breed from, but in the case of controlled assembly, it's a different situation alltogether, especially when we are considering human subjects. For one, no breeding will be required to obtain the desired constellation of alleles. Once you determine what constitutes your desired haplotype, you'll assemble the genome accordingly." "You make it sound so deceptively easy." "Oh, I'm in no way implying this being easy. Synthetizing and assembling functional chromatine is still quite the challenge, though you have to admit we have made major progress since Craig Venter made his Synthia. Major progress indeed."
Somehow it looks like he's older than usual (it's strange looking at him when he looks several decades older than usually). The reason it looks so is maybe because it the skin follows the skull shape more closely, at least it appears so. The right elbow is out of place (it should be more in the back mostly hidden if I'm visualizing it right) but the rest is well done.
his age is... a difficult matter. he's much older than he looks; he developed a life-prolonging treatment he wanted to patent and sell but he got denied the patent rights and the treatment was not allowed for public use after much discussion, due to its ethical implications (it's an expensive procedure that needs to be precisely tailored to its user and repeated on a regular basis, leading to dependency). He's using it on himself though, and so his appearance fluctuates through time. One of the characters remarks at one point that he "looks old, in an odd, conserved sort of way" - I think that's pretty accurate