Cliff Edwards (aka Ukulele Ike) was a famous vaudville entertainer and the voice of Jiminy Cricket in 'Pinochio'. Sadly, his story is practically unknown.
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the way you tackled this is so beast-- from the caricature itself all the way down to your use of color-- softly applied skin tones (and a wonderful, well thought out pose as well),
Oh wow, fantastic character, great style. Very fitting for the time period it looks like it's in.
Nice uke :D
There's a fair bit of banding, and I think the purple highlight on the headstock should be the browny orange you used on the body highlight :)
This is amazing! Great character.
It looked like a gun to me too when I saw it out of the corner of my eye. Good work.
At first glance I thought the ukulele was a tommy gun.
Great character stylization!