Here is a fairly simple way of producing your own characters :D
Search through you own collection of photo's( I have literally hundreds), til you find one with a pose you want to use. I want to make a pirate image, so I chose one where I was holding something(so the arm is positioned to hold a sword:D)
Now I am confident enough to draw freehand, but you could crop and print your image onto cheap paper(the size you want the figure to be,then trace the image)
Yes that is a real tattoo....
Once you are happy with the pose, start to build your characters outfit...
Then work on the features and hair, using your original photo for guidance.
If you work in pencil you will be able to alter your piece as much as you want til your happy with the result.
Now start to draw over your pencil lines with ink. This makes the image stand out more(gives clearer lines when scanned or photo copied)
Continue until your figure is complete
Though don't be in too much of a rush to rub out your pencil marks......like I was, as the ink will take a while to dry(or you smudge it...)
So why not have a go!! You might surprise yourself, and this technique is fabulous for making images of your pets or fav landscape :D XXX