I really like your style! I found you by accident, and I have to say, I am captured and intrigued. I still have to see what it is exactly but there is something more to your art than just a great talent and style. It's like I can feel real emotions behind their eyes
Nah I used some loose ref. By loose I mean I looked a pic, then MADE MY OWN version unlike some people of late. Only thing really reminiscent of the pic I looked at is the lips. I also looked at a few ears, and a few pics of tattoos, etc. I think I even looked at some various paintings and how they treated hair too, but nothing was derived from them. Just getting a feel. Refs can be your friend if you use them right.
I'm actually about to write a blog entry on this very topic sometime soon. I briefly mentioned how I have recently switched from reference heavy to a "make more up" approach and how much more life and drama I can add. I want to discuss the benefits of using reference to learn how to draw first, and then cut the strings so you can really add something more artistic. I'll keep you posted.