I started by looking at some well know Chuck Jones characters like Wille Coyote, roadrunner, Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny (although he didn't create Bugs, he certainly made a big stamp on his character)
What I like about this style is the clean outlines, the simplicity and the expressive poses that tell the story. I have now tried to use this in my work.
Already my drawings have become more expressive, I thought it best to design whilst in the poses I will use in the animation. for me this was a new way of doing things, because before I would normally design in front or side poses which lead to a flat and boring design. These are way more impressive to me and they really show the character.
Now that I loosened up in the drawing, I wanted to work on the scale and structure of my character, so that I could then go back to posing but in a more focused way.
I took one of the old drawings then morphed it into a certain shape that I like, I chose the fourth one as the best one.
I then worked on skeletal structure and then cleaning up the outside lines.
This is a drawing pose that I have put through the design process. I ended up putting a faded paint texture on the paint, it doesn't look great but its a start.