The latest one is especially awesome! The wind and dynamic posture are great & the background is properly cliched without drawing undue attention (i.e. it immediately brings a certain classic vibe but you refrain from adding a few more suns and spaceships, as, for instance, the newer Star Wars movies do.)
Thank you Johann. Proper credit goes to Charest---it's really his style, character, and aesthetic I stole. I think his inking on the strip is masterful and that's what I was hoping to learn from by overt emulation.
At the risk of ruining a decent streak of not-sucking, I'm going to post this one because I am sick of puzzling over it alone.
I know she looks hung over and/or slightly battered because the half-tones came in too dark, but a simple question --- is it bad? "Uncanny Valley" bad? I can't decide and I'm wasting too much time trying to look at it "unbiased". Once you brain learns an object though, you can't un-see it. (...I know flipping it horizontally helps, but just not time time for me---I've now learned it twice.)
Be honest, please. I was try to emulate the pouty-face look in Eliza Ivanova's work because it's weirdly similar to Ahmed Aldoori's sketches, and I kind of liked it...or at least wanted to know how hard it was to pull off. Did they go to the same school? What gives?
Well..., it ended up being hard (for me) so I aborted the sketch and turned in to Wonder Girl (from the Teen Titans) because someone over at the Byrne Robotics forums kept sketching her (TMI, I know).