I'm hoping this will free me up from worrying so much about anatomy and let me focus on what you were saying about composing a scene and displaying more character in my sketches.
Haha the wolves, fish and barbarian design are an inside joke. I drew it for my good friend (who shares the barbarians face) because he always used to wear this ugly fish shirt. It was his favorite shirt. I always teased him about how it was just as cheesy as the "Three wolf moon" t-shirt (Google it and you'll see what I mean!) and he is a tall and skinny guy who is just as big a geek as I am so I decided drawing him as a manly barbarian would be hilarious.
I don't currently have a working camera (stupid sand!) so would you or anyone reading this know where there is a repository of poses that I could draw from?
I also have a ton of questions about lighting and color pallets. I have a cursory knowledge of color theory but are there any "best practices" or general rules of thumb I can use to improve my color selection? Also what is the best way to go about developing my understanding of light sources? What can I practice to improve in those areas?