I'm not really feeling the watercolors, the style is to rough for my taste
I really like the first sketch in post #1 though
the details like eyelids and ears give it a lot of naturalism, without you having to add tons of extra information. the shading and the hair is good to, the lines seem to be going in the right directions.
the second sketch is great to, but I'm a bit allergic to extreme angle crosshatching, like for example on the forehead, but in general the shading is very good and I like the sense of different planes one gets.
where do you plan on studying illustration?
the compulsive imagemaker
"sticking feathers up your ass doesn't make you a chicken"
i agree with you about the extreme hatching i sort of regret posting that one i am quite keen on the rough style though not necessarily in my work but definetely in other peoples. Im going to uni in sunderland, england cus i want to live in newcastle, cheers for the crits