Big shout-out to Pratik from @solsticeretouch. Just when I felt like I was getting stuck and going nowhere fast, I discovered Pratik's work.
Not only is he a great person, but great teacher. From the midnight nuggets on his Facebook feed to his classes at Creative Live. I've learned a lot not only about Photography and Retouching, but what it means to be an artist.
This shot is of my son. My most convenient model. Shot on a D700 50mm f/1.4 lens at f9, ISO 200. Strobe shot through a 47" gridded octa camera right on 1/4 power.