The way I learned was to just keep going until it looks right.
Or until I'm about to jump off the balcony.
You'll draw faster the more you do it, so at first it'll take hours, maybe days (Which it did for me) but later it might take you one or two hours to get the necessary info down.
I do agree with this comment. I notice sometimes in your paintings that you can spend a little time on your values. For example:
in post #61, the legs still feel flat because there aren't enough values. Your figure drawings are really good. Keep it up.
Hey Istmin52, thanks for stopping by. Fair comment on the legs of the goddess - was pushed for time on this one and didn't really spend enough at the front-end sourcing reference. I'm not so restricted on the current project so will make sure I give it enough time in the right places.
Hey AG. Yeah, I've been plundering 3d.sk during lunchtimes as it's a great resource when you're not completely struck on pose.
Cheers, Peetaer. I want the characters to 'exist' as though film actors. Eric will indeed be 'played by' Mr. Farrell. As for the Royal Guard, he's still being worked on. I'm making a more 3d-heavy conclusion to that project, (progress below).