I am really enjoying drawing with the pencils again. I love doing pen & ink stuff too, but you can get a lot more variety out of pencils, and I am able to work about twice as fast.
What you aught to do is read a section of Empire a day until you are caught up. It doesn't take but 5 minutes or so to read a section and within a couple of weeks you will be caught up and then you will only be catching it 3 times a week, when Dave posts. I wish he would post about 5 times a week, but I don't want to overwork him.
As far as the art stuff goes, I really hadn't drawn hardly anything for the 3 years prior to drawing my stuff for the new Undead Anthologies. I'm sure I could do a much better job now than I did then, been getting a lot of practice.
By the way, your stuff does't look posed at all. Your stuff looks real! I'm still blown away by your Zombie picture and the Creature picture. They look like black and white photographs!
Thanks again Stephen!