This is part of a live project to create a Christmas Card for the University of Worcester. This is one of 2 or 3 characters that will appear on the card. I drew it in Illustrator and I'm now considering the best method of colour and shading.
On the right I've just used live paint to fill in some block colours which I could go on to shade.
I've never used the gradient mesh tool before but I thought that might be worth a try.
I thought possibly using textures (like paper or cotton) instead of colours might look good.
Or possibly take them into photoshop for a more thorough colour workshop.
I wish I had time to trial these but the deadline is less than a week away so If anyone's got any thoughts or examples on the above I would really appreciate it.