First off Kev, thanks so much for post above.
"if you shoot for realism you get art, but if you shoot for art you get satire. (or something like that.) I mean, if you shoot for "comic books" you may miss and hit Hagar the Horrible."
And this sort of advice is why I keep coming back here, GOLD.
Anyway, I've been looking though this thread for years, and I always come back to it when in need of inspiration. Your line work, line wight, detail and composition is just amazing. And as just a quick question, How often do you use reference? Your poses and anatomy always look spot on, so do you use reff, or can you pull this off with out it?
And thank you again, I will always look up to artist like you and Whitaker of inspiration and advice.
P.S, and may I ask why you seem worried for people to rate this thread?
And please keep posting art,