Well, I've thrown my art around the internet for a while to get a feel for what I need to work on. The general consensus of things I need to work on stands as follows:
Understanding of form.
Most of those I can work on - things like an understanding of form, contouring my rendering and my proportions I can work on by myself and under the instruction of lectures and other resources / learning material. Anatomy will come in time (hopefully) because it's the meat of my university course and so I can't avoid it.
The things that trouble me most are gesture and the stylization problem. First off, Gesture. I understand that gesture is something like a line of action or rhythm around which the figure moves, like a sweeping motion or some kind of undulating line that delineates action. I may be entirely wrong in that definition. For me, my problems arise when I try and combine gestural information with anatomy and proportion. Things start getting rigid and fixed and the line of movement eventually resolves itself into a stagnant set of marks. How do you effectively combine gesture and anatomical acuity? Can you take license with the figure or do you need to compromise one or the other?
Next off is stylization. This is something I had no idea I was doing until someone (read: many people) pointed it out to me. I have no idea how this is happening or what I can do to fix it beyond tightening up my measurements and making sure everything is where it needs to be. For reference, here are the last few things I've managed to produce over the last three days. I'd be very appreciative if someone could set me right. Any advice on the other stuff is welcome too.