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I draw only in my spare time outside of work (which really isn't a lot of time), and lately I've been trying to work on two things, as my title says - armor and dynamic posing. Most of my drawings I do to elaborate on the characters in one of the tabletop sessions my group of friends has in both Dungeons and Dragons and Star Wars. I'm working on trying to be able to make characters be in 'natural' and dynamic poses, while also trying to perfect armor.
I've never been very good at either, though I have improved recently compared to how I use to be. Any critiques, advice and such would be so highly appreciated.
(You'll have to forgive the large image sizes- until I get photoshop on my computer, the only program I have to downsize would be MSPaint, which warps the picture even more than my horrible scanner does! I will resize soon, perhaps only a few days.)
The two images you posted look great to me! The somewhat stylized poses, especially in conjunction with your beautiful use of pattern and composition—they remind me of Aubrey Beardsley, Harry Clarke, etc. The faces are very expressive too. I really love the story in the second one—I can totally tell what's going on without the action being overstated.
The one thing I think is holding these drawings back is the sort of "dead" tech-pen line quality. You should really really really (really) get an inking brush and some ink and learn to use them—the learning curve will be pretty steep, but I think the results will be worth it in the end.
Edit: Oh, I didn't address the dynamic part. I wouldn't worry about it—I think your basic approach is very good and I'd hate to see you try and turn it into Marvel Comics.
Have you tried drawing action lines? It often helps to think about the weight distribution of the character for getting a realistic pose.
For instance, the first character appears rather off balance - the feet are too far forward for her not to fall over. It doesn't 'feel' like she's putting any weight on that back foot - and her shoulders would be a touch farther forward.
This is one of the ways a pose stops feeling 'stiff' - when it feels real.