Cheers! I’m glad that you find the work consistent - it’s certainly something I strive for and it’s rewarding to hear that it comes across that way. I think it just boils down to practice and intent. For faces in particular, I kind of view each character as having a different “scaffold” - the parts of the face all fall into place differently depending on the character, and I try to keep that in mind as I draw. Miles’ face is proportioned differently than Ganke’s. It’s much easier on male characters, and I find drawing unique women much more challenging.
As far as programs, there are a few things that photoshop allows me to do - create custom brushes (some for FX, others just to get a more attractive line while drawing) or manipulate objects’ shape and perspective, but it’s not like the program does it *for* me. I wish there was just a “make it look cool” button to press, but like any tool it’s just a matter of learning to use it effectively through hours and hours and hours of practice. And that’s the part that I enjoy - the experimentation, the learning, the creation.
I don’t reference any specific poses, no. When I do use reference it’s usually to better understand specific parts of anatomy - like, how does the shoulder blade interact with the surrounding muscles if the arm is in *this* position as opposed to *that* position. For Miles in particular, since he’s totally untrained, it never occurred to me to draw on martial artists, etc for inspiration, but now that you mention it I might just see if I can find some good reference!
There’s nothing inherent in the digital drawing process that prevents it from producing print-ready images, but in the case of that Ultimates cover I was pencilling knowing that I’d eventually print it out and ink by hand. It’s absolutely possible to do finished pencils digitally if that’s the goal. Specific to the cover though, I wanted to have an original, physical drawing at the end of the process, so I did the rough pencils in Photoshop (where I have much more freedom to manipulate the composition), then printed out, finished pencilling and inking by hand. For my interior work I will do everything digitally for 90% of the pages. Most covers I draw now are all traditional. It’s all a matter of choosing the tools for the job.