KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.
I had these Ed Emberly "how to draw" books when I was a kid in the 70s. There was some pretty funny stuff in em, but they were basically about just using simple shapes to draw. I found one in my office last night, and was inspired by Ed. I love trying to keep things as simple as possible...and those books really drive that home. After checking out Ed's easy ways to draw animals I ruffed this little guy out and colored him up using some new brushes I made in illustrator. Just havin fun.