I had a particularly tough time with this, I intended to try painting my version and the combination of inexperience and trepidation about using paint had a negative impact on the initial drawing. I fell back into a lot of old bad habits and was not terribly happy with the result, the pose was stiff and the anatomy overworked in some areas while unclear in others. I did attempt to paint it but have decided not to post this as it was not great. In an effort to salvage the whole project I did a new illustration, just a sketch this time.
The main thing I have taken from this is that I still have a heck of a lot to learn, particularly when it comes to painting. I will continue to work towards learning to paint, while this project was overambitious for my current skill level I am trying to use it as motivation to work harder. hopefully I will get my painting to a level that I would be happy to share with everyone.
I have posted below the initial sketch before I painted over it and the redraw that I did afterwards.
I know which one I prefer. This was both frustrating and rewarding and I know I am looking forward to the next one of these. We will be posting the next shortlist for things for us to draw on the facebook page soon.