Your latest portraits are getting better keep improving like that you are on your way man! Maybe i would concentrate on just value for now, to learn better about rendering forms without having colors to distract you, and also give those pieces a bit more time, it is usuful to sketch but you have also to try push stuff over your limits sometime
Keep it up
Boom I'm finally in holiday mode - there we go! Everything from mind except the Frazetta Study and very few skulls.
I love: Bridgemans Box method of setting characters up and my Lamy Pen and Sketchbook. I feel good, like I'm on the right track because I can clearly see I'm slowly getting better/drawing gets a bit easier.
Yo Flo ;D , It´s interesting that you can work so much better in pen than with pencil ,you really can reduce and see the important parts better , . The Caricature Characters are really nice !!!Good Improvement ,hope to see more