I really like these pages. As a sequential art major they are very inspiring. Now I must ask, how much reference do you use exactly? I've noticed that many artisits like Ben Templesmith and even more mainstream Marvel guys will use straight photographs (digitally altered to blend of course) instead of re-drawing. At first this really bothered me because at my school (SCAD) we have to hand copy any elements (since we just turn in pencilled and/or inked pages usually). Now I'm sure you're a talented draftsman in your own regard and I believe that many of the figures were freehanded or so heavily altered that they are truly your own. However it's fairly obvious that you painted over a photo of the cruise ship and especially the background of the last page, with the cars parked and the buildings. So I guess my question is how much reference do you use and how long does each page take considering you can kinda skip over drawing backgrounds entirely.
PS- I don't mean to bash you as the final product is all that matters nowadays, not really the method of creation.
Brom, Mignola, Charest, Miller..