Sorry to be a bother, and I do not want to seem rude or like someone who isn't one
who takes crits; but a few of the statements said a above "rustled my jimmies" so to speak.
1. I REALLY get miffed when folks say my characters are "random" or they don't know
what they are. I take time to insure that each one is ironic or based on a play on words.
As for their appearance, does it really seem that hard to distinguish what they are?
Ship, beehive, robot, puppets, submarine, cloud fellow, it's not that abstract; things like this
would fit in well in a Nintendo game or something similar.
Seriously, show this to a kid or someone who
isn't into the medieval games, death/gore/gun deals, or folks who aren't obsessed with being super mature
they'll know what they are...
Also you yourself seem to be making things that are way stranger (that isn't a bad thing); that's what really gets me it seems as though others can be abstract, yet I am forbidden.
Also it seems like you are saying "throw everything out" and that my endeavors thus far were no good
and I should re place everything with certain things if I am going to succeed in life. That cannot be.
2. The texture types you posted, the first one seems good, but it looks like it's origami
I'm not a fan of that look, when things are textured that way (or seem jagged), they look very "flimsy"
like if you poured a glass of water on it, I'd wilt over.
I take my example of things like http://www.mariowiki.com/File:Cloud_Mario.jpghttp://www.mariowiki.com/File:BJ_NSMBW.pnghttp://www.mariowiki.com/Giga_Lakitu
when I try to think of what a character will look like or be designed like really.
Second one seems on point, however, I haven't made anything with that rough of skin
(well I have, but that one was done in 2009)
The third is not what I am trying to achieve wholesale, I really don't like those games at all,
the people who do like those/ make those don't like me either. I am not trying to go for woodland,
or gory based things, that is not my mission objective. I am one for studies, and other such,
but not that, texture seems to be on though. I am not sure.
I shall continue working on this one though and fix the things you mentioned