This was an early effort at using Poser and a film-still as reference for an illustration of Conan. I don’t think this style is really my thing, but it was an interesting exercise.
I think I’m just too lazy to chase down and assemble the kind reference necessary for this type of thing. I’d rather just make something up out of my head and doodle it out on my own. Of course, doing it all from one’s own imagination doesn’t always allow for as much realism, but I find it’s a lot more fun using my imagination. Still, there are plenty of times I’m forced to use reference. After all, I don’t have a photographic memory.