When I was a young nerd, the first pencil & paper roleplaying game I ever played was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness
by Palladium Games.
One of my favorite parts of the game was the (mostly) random character generation. You roll dice and various tables tell you what kind of animal you are, how you got to be a mutant, and how good you are are at various things. I had lots of fun drawing both my and my friends' characters while I was supposed to be paying attention in class.
This thread is for art based on the characters created in the SE++ thread
. If you haven't created a character or would like to look at some of the others for inspiration, please head over there and check them out.
The Ninja Turtles themselves have been portrayed as everything from grim and gritty to cute and cartoony so there's plenty of room for interpretation.
Drawing anthropomorphic animals actually presents a number of interesting challenges. Melding animal and human anatomy, finding ways to simplify or stylize animal features (if you decide to go that way), studying animals to capture those features that make them unique, and finding ways to add character/expression to animals which don't usually do much emoting are all things to consider.
There's also the character's background to consider. Can you find a way to suggest the character's backstory through clothing/accessories/weapons? Can you convey their personality through their posture and expression? Even if you decide to go with something fun and cartoony, these are all things that should be in the back of your mind.
Here are a few pieces from the TMNT&OS rulebooks for inspiration: