Thanks for taking an interest in my work Dracken, I'd say it takes an avg. of 5 hours per drawing, depending on t's complexity, it starts out as a pencil sketch and then I ink over it and erase the pencil leftovers, no digital media is involved (beyond resizing it after scanning). As for reference, it depends on the drawing, for instance, regarding the latest two, I had to look up Hindu themes and various Kali imagery because I'm only vaguely familiar with the subject, whereas the last one is just imagination.
Thank you Dimi and Dutchman; I'm thrilled that you find similarities between my work and Jean Giraud's he's one of the best contemporary artists, as for sketches, whatever free time I have I devote to drawing actual pieces, which start out as rough sketches anyway. Most of my 'messy' work is intertwined with lectures or homework, I'm sure none of you are interested in my heat transfer course
That cross hatching is looking bloody good, mate. I think you're doing a good job so far, what I'd like to see though, is you pushing your shading even more.
I see you do a great job on clothes, torsos and usually faces, but areas like Hands, for instance, look a little lacking in detail. With your type of shading, they could really pop, but it looks like you're too scared to do much shading on these sorts of areas.
Whilst the style on this picture's a bit different to yours, when you look at the hands I'm sure you can get what I mean.
Just keep pushing, mate. Other than that, I love what I'm seeing here so keep up the good work.