I'll have a page of foreshortened lay ins. A lot of artists are intimidated by foreshortened poses. lol they still
intimidate me but once I start my lay in I always realize one awesome fact. I don't need to draw much in fore
a book/pamphlet/whatever document that emphasises how much of the final drawing is problemsolving at the basic rough stuff right at the beginning will be so super useful to a lot of people.
in my personal process, i tend to put an even rougher/more informal step at the beginning where i jot down the roughest bit of gesture without trying to make it adhere to anything else but making the figure feel like i want it to feel like. i can always rein it in to sound perspective and anatomy later, but its hard getting that life spark back in after the form has been established. but that was an informed decision on my part because i have a tendency to over-construct figures when i am not entirely sure, and always end up with wooden manikin figures.
really, the only thing that gives me shivers when i look at it is comic sans. if its not too late in the process, would it hurt you guys much to find something better/less eyesearingly ugly and shite? blambot ( www.blambot.com ) has a host of free fonts as well as commercial ones that are just much better-made. (the free font license even covers self-publishers and small indies to use his fonts without a license fee. shooting nate a mail might come in useful) and if that doesnt serve, google will inevitably come up with a free replacement that is less ugly.
sans because it's available to both of us and it's easy to read.
the thing is, comic sans, besides being just really subpar as a type design, also is overused because it is an always available system font. its a similar problem with times/times new roman/helvetica/arial, but all of those at least are more neutral in character, so its harder for them to look out of place (although arial is also plagued by very bad design). comic sans, on the other hand, seems to have a history of being used even when its clownish character isnt entirely appropriate.
summed up, you have a typeface thats overused because its readily available and people think its "cute" and "friendly" or somesuch, often even when cute/friendly isnt appropriate. and when a cute/casual/clowny/informal typeface is appropriate, there are alternatives of better quality. so no matter where you come from, there is a good reason to use something better.
i just searched at fontsquirrel and found this one:
to my eyes, it appears similarly hand-written & legible, but it looks a bit neater and less a hodgepodge of shapes and mismatched spacing than comic sans. (and the license says its freeware, too!)
keep on rockin it!