At the outset he was to be more cartoony - in some ways I still prefer this look (texture development still):
The eyes in more detail (again - work in progress):
The textures and lighting do need to be refined. Some of the creases were developed
from photographs of elephants' skin which I used together with hand painted creases and images.
The lighting does need adjusting to bring the background and foreground together.
This was a fairly quick piece of work and I think with with more time I can improve it...
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll post the new image soon.
Cheers for the front page plug on my first submission! Some great work on this site...