One of the things I would really like to shoot for at FableVision is not being completely tied down to a character library. We do limited animation; that's for sure. But there's something about seeing the same set of heads all the way through a short. I know that's part of the whole methodology of the Flash look. But it doesn't have to be. He shows how Bullwinkle looks slightly different in every shot, but he is still recognizable as Bullwinkle because he has strong features and is built on a basic formula of shapes and adjectives:
He is tall and thin
He has a long neck
short skinny legs
A furry peanut shaped torso
His head is made of two shapes, a small rounded cranium and a larger droopy nose and muzzle.
The exact dimensions of all these adjectives is not set in stone. A great designer can play with the proportions, angles and specific details and still make the characters recognizable.
There is no tracing of model sheets.
The artist messes around with the specific details to keep everything organic, alive....and artistic.
This is good advice. Just let it sit...think about it.
UPDATE: John K is planning on breaking down the design of Rocky and Bullwinkle. A start---> here
And even MORE ---> HERE! (Great cartoon analysis! A must read)