I have done a few more Santa carvings trying to see how I can play around with proportions and expression to get a result I am happy with. One or two of these I really exaggerate the proportions. Sometimes what looks bad to me looks fine to others, you be the judge.
It is funny how they transform for me once the paint is applied. I carved it, I have seen it all along the process, but many times it changes as the color is added. This happens on paper as a cartoon goes from a pencil sketch to a water color or color pencil illustration. I think you can see the cartoonist in me with my carvings.