Good points--I do kind of imagine that this is the creature's default shape and it might get more exaggerated in expression when angered (since I don't really have body language to rely on!), so I'll make sure to pay extra attention to that if I develop it further. Thank you so much for the input!
the lack of hat is a true oversight on my part omg. and you're right!! how could i forget to cover his nudity!!! i should be driven out of the internet for not giving this innocent pear a dress to cover his shame
Oh jeez, this is just about the sweetest thing to hear, dude. I'm so glad I could help you out a bit!! That's something that means a lot to me, since watching other artists move forwards has always been a big motivator in my life, too. Hope you've been able to keep up your efforts!
I was indeed focusing more on colors rather than inks for this, since Cal is usually a mostly-black character, so your crit is totally valid but also something I'm pretty ok with for this particular piece. I'll make sure not to go overboard in pieces where that isn't the focus, though, so thank you for pointing the saturation issues out. I plan to do plenty more with this boy, so hopefully you'll see something more to your liking soon!
Wow, thank you so much for this review!! It's amazing that you felt that kind of connection with the character, and I'm really glad that it could inspire any feelings at all, honestly. Self-doubt is a killer for me as well, and it's cool that my own projections onto this character concept could still ring true for someone else. Thank you again--this was a lovely bit of feedback to read!