The more realistic proportions of my first version of the character model have been swapped for something more cartoonish. Larger ears, a rounder head, fluffier bum, shorter legs, and fully - glowing eyes. I feel these more "chibi" proportions work much better.
The process of refining the detail sculpt will be an exploration of the swirling designs and patterns to find a comfortable balance between the spirals and foliage. The character needs to stand out from the environment in order to be easily spotted, but there also needs to be a strong affinity since this is a forest spirit regrowing a forest.
To help create visual emphasis against the surrounding environment, I'm working on a cell shaded style material to lean into the "cartoonish" feeling. This helps the character to pop out and not get lost in the shadows.