A portrait of someone doesn't seem to be the best way to get at the type of respect that I am looking for. I needed something that stood for my father's role professionally and paternally. As I was reading about totems it dawned on me that Smokey the Bear was indicative of my father's role and his profession. Eureka.
The Mighty Lark sketch became necessary as an indication of my own influence on the baby badger that is inside of my wife. Notice the badger to the right page of this sketch. Originally I was thinking of keeping the Mighty Lark more Pacific Northwest in design with formlines defining the eyes and beak but I think that I'd rather keep the figures notably mine.
Here is the final drawing laid out. I will post the finished painting very soon.