I've been a bit busy lately with a number of projects: hence the lack of posts. In a few days I want to do an article on redline vs blueline vs ordinary pencil and how they impact inking. I just don't have time at the moment.
Which is not to say that I haven't been sketching. I'm still trying to work on anatomy. It's an ongoing battle...but I keep returning to photo references. They really are the best way to go to get a handle on muscle interaction and foreshortening.
The portrait I've posted was done with a photo reference, specifically from the book People and Poses. She's a roleplaying character, but I'm pretty happy with how she turned out. The other drawing was done without a photo reference and there are some pretty glaring errors. It's funny how much a photo improves even a simple sketch.