eedward: Thank you. It's been such a long time since I drew a page full of eyes. Good to know I'm doing something right!
Stacybean: Thank you. I will try next time. I was originally taught to paint with still life studies starting on white, so I thin kthat's where I was coming from. I will change things up next time. *nod*
Beckon: I will take a look at the different background when I open up Photoshop later today. I need to absorb a bit more graphite into my skin before taking on digipaints today. As for the faces, I was not drawing uninterrupted. Yes, they are basic, but I wasn't really sure where to go from my manga influenced style towards something perhaps a little more realistic. It may not have helped that I chose to use a character that tends towards expressing in emoticon-like faces in my comic, but it's something I'm going to work on.
Unsurprising that they look manga-rooted to you. It is a comfortable set of symbols to me, and yes I am working on stretching out of my comfort zone; I just needed a bit of blankie time yesterday, I think.
ladyknowles: Thanks so much. I may have to hit you up for some bird-head tips. They are studies for creature designs, which I am terrible at. I may just have to stick your gold star up above my monitor to remind me that I have it. Thank you.
Here are some gestures done with lychee's suggestions for holding my pencil a different way. So difficult and uncomfortable, and the coils on my book keep getting in the way! I will persevere.
Also, a self-portrait that I spent 20 minutes on with a timer set. This is the first self-portrait I've done since my painting class, where I did more self-portraits in two months than I knew was possible.