So I work at a smallish print shop and right now they've got me working on football decals for the local schools. I was supposed to recreate a design for one school. Basically, I was supposed to redraw an existing piece of art, but not exactly like the original. So I started from scratch and drew this guy:
I showed it to my boss and he told me he wanted the mascot to look meaner and more muscular. So I worked on it some more and got this:
I thought it was okay, considering I really needed a reference but there was absolutely none on hand. (We don't have Internet at work. Or collections of photos of things.) Anyhoo, my boss still didn't like it, and we ended up splicing two pieces of clipart together. I really didn't want to waste the picture, so I thought I'd just finish it at home in my spare time.
I guess what I'm looking for is advice on drawing mascots for sports and things. I've never really done it before. And any critiques on how to improve this picture would be appreciated, too.