My entry to the 'kick you own @ss' contest [link]
old version done in Nov 2005 here [link]
new version done in June 2009 here [link]
this is a group 1 entry
with regards to how i've improved, i'd say it's fairly balanced between drawing and shading, although shading was pretty poor at one time and i had to put extra effort in to get that up to scratch, but all that practice was worth it^^
this pose in particular was pretty tricky since the old one is stiff and strange looking, i needed to come up with a way of making it believable, so i went through quite a few changes to get it right, but hopefully it looks alright
hopefully i did everything right to get into the contest but if not just let me know Open for commissions!