Pulled all of these from my old DA
My style back then was basically look at a cool picture of a character or whatever that I liked and try to copy it as closely as possible.
There were a few pieces (namely, the Butterfly Rhino I drew for a friend, the laughing one done for class homework, and the Pandora Hearts and Ed Elric in glasses done for DA contests) where I kind of…got hit with this like sudden inspiration and didn’t wanna stop drawing because it was so fun, so I actually made them sorta my own instead of just a copy of someone else’s work.
Thankfully now, I’m using reference pictures as just that. References. As a guideline and not as a reminder of what my drawing should look exsctly like.