Ok - apologies for not replying to questions sooner but here ya go...
Thestjester - I didnt use any 3d for the helicopter pic - I use the imaginary perspective lines technique that I use with my characters - theres a demo a few pages back.
Pixeldragoon - Yep you are right - I need to stop drawing faces and start creating characters
otherside - yes you are right it does feel a bit like painting when Im drawing
m@. - yep - I agree - it was nice to play around with the custom brush thing but I need to learn to control it properly
Sinix - yeah man - you need to update way more often
Flaskpost - yep - Im too lazy with my pencils (and everything else actually)
Idiot Apathy - I understand completely - you're right although at the moment Im quiet interested in showing ambient light with no obvious direct light.
Asgardian - true, and now that I think about it that guys face is crap.