Originals above, from the Preston Blair book. It's the newer version.
I just drew them with blue lead until I felt comfortable with them and then went over the last one in a regular HB pencil.
I was falling asleep when I was finishing this page. That's why the last one is so big and not very controlled.
I'll have the rest on this particular page done soon. I actually already did the last one in the middle column already, but it's the only one on that sketchbook page. There will be more. I want to feel comfortable with all the ones in the book (still at least 30 left), then I'd like to get comfortable turning poses referenced from my hand done in this simplified way.
I'm itching to do more, but I need to do homework for school.
Speaking of homework, I showed my drawing teacher these studies and told him about John's blog and my aspirations, and he seemed willing to work with me on it. However, he wanted to see me incorporate this knowledge into my own stuff. I'm a little reluctant, seeing as I clearly have no mastery over it (and am improving already, pretty noticeably. In two months I'd hate anything I'd make now), but I need to think of a way to do it.
So... how should I apply what I'm studying in a way I can call my own? It feels premature, but I'm thankful that my professor has such an open mind about it.