MaDeuce (Steve) - Overall proportions and design look pretty good. Very close to the concept illustrations. But I think he needs to be toon’d up some more. I suggest working on the legs and feet first. The front view that I provided seems to be the problem. Let me see if I can explain it better …
All of the characters and objects have a bottom heavy appearance. Meaning that they will bulge outwards at the end of thier extremities. Arms are thicker at the forearm, feet are large and pudgy, and fingers/toes resemble the shape of drops of water.
On the baby, you should drop the arch of the foot down so it’s not pronounced as much. The toes don’t need the extra joints. Just make them little round fat globs at the end of the foot. The ankles need to be as wide as the foot and suggest that fat in the lower legs rests at the ankle. The whole leg could use more baby fat on it as it looks more like the leg of a toddler rather than a newborn.
Think of the characters as water balloons and how the skin would be weighted at the bottom due to the gravity and elasticity of the ‘container’.
Coincidently, I recently picked up the DVD version of Lilo & Stitch. On the bonus features they talk about the character designs and how they have the same type of appearance as what I’m doing here. Watch that if you have it … that’s exactly how I want these characters to be.
Additional tweeks for the baby:
Diaper needs to hang almost to his ankles and be more bulgy at the bottom (like he’s got something really stinky in there).
The head seems narrow from this view. Is it about the same width as his belly? (See front view concept)
Forearm to knuckles could use more baby fat. Definition of the wrist could be made with a subtle skin fold or wrinkle which isn’t real clear in the concept. (See side view concept)
Hair will be just two or three strands and I don’t want to paint it onto the surface. You could use a primitive plane with transparency map to create the hairs. Then use soft body dynamics to make them react to the movement of his head (have you seen the Salty the seal tutorial in the book, Learning Maya 2 from A|W education?)
Wooo … long list of tweeks! Don’t let that discourage you. You’re doing a fantastic job on this character.