So I find it interesting how Making a Sonic Character seems to be a rite of passage for many young creative types. Take a well existing art style, and emulate it while making your own character.
But when you look at the characters, they always lack something. To me Their eyes are drawn wrong, usually. Mainly it's what they're looking at. They're never looking at the audience, they never seem to really be looking at something, but instead zone off to an unseen somewhere. They lack a known focus. Sure they were made to be fan creations in this established world, but they have not focus beyond that. They aren't real, they have no "soul"...Like the artist him/herself at this moment. They exist, they can draw, but at this moment they have no "artistic soul" They're just looking to other places, other then their audience. Once they find their purpose can their characters evolve from being Sonic rip offs and really start looking at the audience.
What do you think?