In terms of style ideas I continued to keep the project personal and think of the childhood books I used to read. Two in particular came to mind; Jane Hissey's Old Bear and His Friends and Mary Ann Hoberman's The Cozy Book (illustrated by Betty Fraser). I feel it's very important that the style conveys a family warmth and the fact I'm using illustrations I loved as child - once again - keeps it sentimental. The style I'm drawn to most is Jane Hissey's, as there's something textural, three dimensional about her illustrations - sketchy colour pencil lines. I like the idea of making the style have a stop-motion feel, something about it that you physically want to hold.
Below are a few examples of my own colour pencil illustrations. In terms of texturing I think it may be beneficial to hand colour the UV maps with colour pencils - so it's more authentic. I will be creating various Maya experimentations, hence will produce a few tests to see if this idea is worth carrying through to the final animation.