When I sat down at my drawing table this morning, I had a single goal: To find out how quickly I could produce a viable illustration. All told, from concept sketch through the finished vector drawing, I spent about seven hours creating this character.
It's actually based on a friend of mine who runs a small web shop from the Isle of Wight called Made By Hippo. It just so happens that he's also a badass black belt in a couple Japanese swordsmanship martial arts. The character practically drew itself.