I'm a little surprised that I got first post but that's ok!
As for your digital stuff, i'd say you were off to a really nice start! You already seem to know the basic of porportions and how to draw a face. I would suggest maybe working on the smoothness of your shading using the tablet. I'm terrible with the tablet so I couldn't suggest anything but it sounds like a good idea. I think it would make things look a lot more finished, even if they're not.
You pencil drawings are coming along nicely. I have a problem with some of the noses in a few of them. One of them seems like it is intentionally going for an manga style and thats fine. Maybe do some studys of noses and also some of eyes. There are more lines around the eye then you may realize.
Great start. I look forward to some of your updates!
"A perfect machine can be made from imperfect parts."