One of the criticisms I often received was I skipped from rough sketch to final drawing with very few intermediate steps. What most folks don't know is my books get edited down from a much larger selection of drawings the publisher has to choose from. I believe the idea in putting in fewer steps was to make the books appeal to a younger audience. I actually do lots of middle steps, usually taking all figure drawings through the same basic steps. Brutes! features not only more of the middle steps (the good stuff!) but also color charts showing which muscles I have memorized and mentally use in every figure drawing.
Hard to believe but my Brutes book was finished in 2009, since then my publisher has been bought and my editor retired. Somehow the promised contract for the book fell through the cracks and the project ended up in limbo. So it is sort of like starting all over in the publishing business and needing to make connections from scratch. I've come up with at least three different cover ideas as different editors have wanted to emphasize different aspects of the book. This was an idea I came up with to correspond with the launch of a little movie called The Avengers, anyone ever heard of it? I thought super hero teams might become a hot commodity.