Original characters belong to Boywithmeese .
From my vanity project following the whole NeoGeo fighter portrait motif. This brother and sister team is the only pair in the bunch.
UPDATE 2/9/08: Thanks first off to the constructive criticism. I hopefully updated them to a bit more of an appealing piece. Though I'm sure I have a ways to go yet before it looks right.
After all my efforts I could only knock off 2 colors ::hangs head:: so the count goes from 48 to 46 with transparent color included. I really did try to knock it down to at least in the high 30s as suggested by Hatch. But I'm not sure this NeoGeo style that I am going for can't get below 5 or 4 shades per color. (Click for the reference I used of the NeoGeo shading style) I will try hard to knock off any unnecessary colors I have, though.
As for further suggestions, I pulled back on the blurry unnecessary colors on their faces to hopefully make the shading appear sharper. I also got rid of what outlines I could get rid of as well. And, I tried to give Mikey a darker shadow to distinguish him from Endeva in front of him as per Leel's suggestion.
I welcome further CC as I'm sure this piece isn't quite near done. Please keep any criticisms constructive, okie? De-constructive gems like "Crap-tastic" doesn't help me to improve.
Thanks a lot, everybody!