As the trainwreck which is my blog, you can see the path of ugly drawings left in it's trails. But I finally figured something out....
I was trying too hard to come up with cartoon characters...and heck, I am certainly not a character designer. So after filling pages with this new shorthand I was developing, I figured out that I had to strip it down one level. I had to draw a gesture of my cartoon drawings:
Once I got that I used good ol' Jodie as my model for some more doodles:
Went back to my storyboard thumbnails for some more exploration:
It is of course all a work in progress, but at least I think I am on the right path. Funny enough when I looked back on my blog I realised I already figured that out previously...for some reason when drawing characters I was not familiar with, I forgot all about the gesture.