Looking at photos of real people and trying to get at their expressions, so I can use them on more "cartoony" characters. Being able to copy photos is awesome, but you need to know how to apply what you're copying to your own style and designs.
I'm working with a couple of friends on vis-deving a fairy tale, "East of the Sun West of the Moon", which, if you follow my instagram, you may have seen a bunch of studies of Norwegian costumes...also, if you follow my pinterest, there may have been some evidence there as well ;)
If you are unfamiliar with the story, here it is: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/norway034.html - I like it, for one thing, the girl actually DOES stuff instead of just sitting there and reacting....and she pays a guy's fiance 3 times in a row to sleep with him!
Seth Rutledge is a visual developer and concept artist for the animation and video game industries, a photographer and a coffee snob living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before he discovered illustration, he received a CSCI/Math degree from UNC-Charlotte, and has lived and worked all over the United States and Canada. He has run marathons, taught English in Japan, been CTO for a pharma marketing company and done fashion photography in NYC. Seth has two albums he wrote and played keyboards on, and he plays the theramin whenever he gets the chance. Seth spends so much time in coffee shops drawing that he is mentioned in online reviews. He would love a career drawing elves and goblins for a living.