Are they angry or are they borrowing an emotion or two?

My illustration instructor once said all my ‘girls’ looked angry, and then speculated on my emotions while drawing them. She quickly moved on to critique (read: criticize) another students work, but I was left wondering if maybe she was on to something.
It’s no secret that illustration class hasn’t been my favourite subject, and I do always seem to be pissed off by the time I get to my sketchbook, but about a week ago, something finally clicked.
I felt like I had been floundering, or at the very least reached a plateau with my work, but just as I was becoming complacent with skill level, I started drawing and looking down at the page, I realized I had gotten a little better.
I'm not expecting my work to improve over night, but the little changes in my style and form really encourage me!
So what was this sketch that I was working on that changed how I thought about my skills? It was an anime drawing. I was actually coping a picture on of my classmates had printed off and to my surprise and the interest of some of my classmates, I was copying it pretty well!

My sketch of the Anime face.
Illustration doesn’t seem to piss me off as much anymore, and I’m finding more of a niche in the animated side of the drawings, but I still think they look pissed-off (but that may be more because as models they haven’t eaten in days, and not necessarily anything that’s coming from my hand...)

With that I present my most recent a project:
Pastiche /pæˈstiʃ, pɑ-/ or [pa-steesh]
1. a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.
2. an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.

My Illustrator of Inspiration: Igor Lukyanov

 The Originals

My attempt at copying them

An angry/scheming woman

 A sad woman

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