When you revamp your art style for the new version of SJ, you need to keep the following in mind:
- Cut back on those huge, horizontal muzzles. They get in the way of characters' eyes!
- Speaking of eyes, make them a tad bigger generally. Not anime-huge, but bigger than the little beads you tend to do now. (With the exception of Stretch Ferret, of course!)
- Use more photo reference. It always improves your art by 200%.
- Thumbnail first. Don't compose on the page.
- When possible, put at least a week between the draft and the final product.
- More shadows in the inks. Practice this muchly!
- Rulers are your friend. You know you can't draw a decent straight line without one. Don't be lazy!
- Ditto model sheets. Particularly since you're redoing all of the character designs anyway.
- Speaking of models, work out new marking/mask sheets and stick to 'em. Try to keep the markings on the hands/feet very simple, to avoid clutter around what are already difficult areas to draw.
- Study Sue, Vince, Herbie, iktis muchly, particularly the character designs. Look for underlying structures.
- Your perspective sucks, except when it's great. Tighten this up.
- Don't be afraid to get more expressionist. Make Dover skinnier, Katie chunkier, Tiffany curvier, etc. Not to the point of total distortion, but more than you do now.
- Try to be looking at good art when you're getting ready to draw. Think about what makes it good and incorporate that!
- Finally, don't get discouraged. Look how far you've come!
Your pal and second-harshest critic,
PS: Other critiques welcome. :) I'm mostly posting this here so I'll remember it.