nice improvment and dedication man ! i thing concerning your painting skills, you should be more carreful about values and edges ! your colors seems good, but with wrong values underneath, it doesn't work, also, the edges create a sense of solidity on your forms, and helps a lot to lead the eye through the painting. Keep ir up dude, you're on the right path !
Rendered up this chap, the weapon is supposed to be a repeating crossbow with a miniature cannon mounted at the fore, akin to how a modern soldier would use an underslung grenade launcher on an assault rifle:
Here's a pile of faces compiled over the last week or so, mostly 10 mins each, about half from imagination half from ref (mostly photo, though there's the odd Wes Burt or Alex Paschenko in there too). Also, a nude study since I have'nt done one in months, some quick landscape studies, and some sketches (in the case of the one with the girl in the trees, the quicker B+W is a crit I just did myself).
Another nude study and a marine, nude from ref of course (though with the marine I probably should start reffing from one of the miniatures in future to get a better grasp on the forms). Both involved plenty of experimenting, hence why parts are way over-rendered (the girls face and the marines purity seals - its clearly still a sketch though):
Some legs from Hampton's book and quick still lives from today, gave up because I was getting distracted by how quick the sun was moving (i.e. how quick the shadow shapes were changing), another portrait study and a random character to this description from characterdriven: evil, nice, Shape-shifter (Spell-caster), Who may or may not be a: Elf :