These are works that I've completed in my first three semesters at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Other than the last two portraits of Jonsi and Tony Iommi, they are all from live models and props. They're all done with charcoal and/or conte.
Nice work Jake! You have some real nice things going on here (13th down has some really nice shadow shapes, 11th down has the white working very well).
I think paying a little more attention to proportions would pay off (for instance the last picture has stubby legs, and the second portrait is looking rather strange). Also, from the looks of these they are all very shape based in approach, or at least it seems like that to me. Maybe try drawing some more structure...you seem to be able to show form pretty well right now, but adding in the extra structure may help a bit and if anything is just a different way of approaching life drawing which would be good to try out.
"Complacency is the womb of mediocrity. " -- Jason Manley
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." -- Bruce Lee
Good stuff, nice sense of form especially in the longer poses. The short poses are pretty solid too. Curious to know who your drawing teachers are.
By the way, it doesn't have to be a roulette. Ask around and see who's taken classes with the teachers you want. Ask them when they teach and make sure to register for that time. That's how I got to take everyone I wanted to.
You're doing well, your line quality shows you are connecting to your vision, the tool and the figure. Drawing, making art is a way to quiet the verbal self to experience wholeness and being connected to the moment. Formal elements line, texture, space, harmony etc. are tools, a language, to explore life. I visited your Dad's facebook page this Zen, which I am not familiar with, maybe similar to what can be accessed through some kind of art, music, as it seems to deal with perception, point of views and being aware of them and becoming at home with them. Where you find yourself in a discourse with life. Art is much the same. Then again I may just be full of it!