Jon... Below you mention using reference for portraits or pinups. You also mention that trying to get skin right through reference. Is it just me or are you doing linework and photoshop brushwork over photographs. Someone else mentioned the details on the leaves in the suit,...these are carefully placed leaves...all the same leaf just used over and over again. The person commenting though would suggest that you drew and detailed each leaf by hand. As assembled, I guess it's art, but I don't think the people commenting here really have a firm grasp on your technique.
Just saying "Thanks" to every post is kind of misleading when its clear a great number of these posters have no clue that the art is not a complete fabrication of your hand Digitally or traditionally...you use photos in the actual art and the skin as one poster lauded over is somewhat consistent because you use the hue, texture and value of a real photograph's subject. It's obvious to me because I work in the medium and can see the photograph underneath all of the PS work you do over it, but nonetheless its still there. One poster even congratulated you over achieving the angle of her face citing it is difficult to render well. It's rendered well because the base photograph established all of the physical attributes. This is not great draftsmanship on your part...the photo does all the work. I think its misleading to represent your work as hand drawn, digitally colored/manipulated work, when in reality it is photo manipulation, with a little hand drawn art thrown in. When I look at your hand drawn work, it's very obvious that it was hand drawn. Your hand drawn stuff when compared against your digital photo manipulations, don't even look like the same hand authored the work. I get that the untrained eye may not see these nuances, and that there is nothing inherently wrong with the technique...but accepting platitudes based on the fact that you KNOW the audience believes these are hand rendered pieces, digitally colored, when both you and I know that is not the case, is frankly insulting to artists in every medium. Anyway, that's my 2 cents. Cheers.
If you're ever interested in collaborating, just say the word. (I'm looking for pinups of my characters to bring with me to NYCC.)
When's the con? I'm super busy right now with commissions and sketch card contracts, but if there's time I might be able to do something for you. Thanks again for the comment
Drop me a note if you'd like to discuss further.