Hammerknight's put together an outstanding set of tips for this week about how important the "little things" are to making a really top-notch illustration. He's absolutely dead-on about this, folks. The whole point of creating a "fantastic" illustration is to draw the viewer's belief in to the point where they are convinced that you are depicting something real. Anything that jerks the viewer out of that created reality shatters the illusion. It's one of the (many) things that drives me nuts about Liefeld's art, they go through all this trouble to create these pulse-pounding worlds and at every turn, there's something so jarringly wrong you can't help but be drawn up short.
Anyway, hope you enjoy these as much as I did, they're quite excellent. Thanks HK! As always, just click on any image to see it in a much larger and more legible size.