killermachine - Thanks, I highly recommend it. And in particular this seems to be working so well because his style of sketching is so similar to mine...but his stylization is different enough to make it a challenge. So find an artist you love, that is just enough like you to make it a fun challenge, not a head-banging experience.
surus - Thank you! I shall endeavor to continue with the cute characters...eventually.
Asatira - Yes, they were all well meaning...but all combined were sufficient to squelch me for awhile. Just took awhile to start stretching again.
More Mucha...I'm afraid I'll be copying him for awhile. I'm enjoying it, and it is challenging. I *might* try my hand at doing something Mucha-ish for CHOW, but we'll see... This particular piece had to be redone from the waist down, because I let myself stay zoomed in too long. Not quite used to working digitally yet, and the pitfalls thereof...