Exploring Character

Following on the heels of my breakthrough from the weekend, I decided to carry on with a few more character designs.  I'm working on simplifying my work just a bit by focusing on simple, bold shapes along with textures and patterns.  Here's a look at a few characters I'm working on now:

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Working in a simple style is much, much trickier than one might think.  It's so easy to overwork a drawing and not so easy to find that perfect amount of simplicity without being totally boring.  

I just finished this kid a few minutes ago and after spending a few hours experimenting with some PS brushes and textures, I'm really happy with the result.  I'm also playing around with facial expressions and a larger-than-my-usual eyes.  So far, I'm liking the effect:

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More characters will be popping up here soon!