I sketched this character over a year ago, but could not for the life of me get it to work. I bet I went through ten or fifteen sketches trying to get her to look right, and finally just gave up in frustration, thinking it was a lost cause.
Then a couple of days ago I remembered it and sketched it out again, and this time it worked out just like I wanted. I guess she just wasn't ready last year and needed more time to percolate.
The moral of the story? Um... Stay in school, kids!
Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.
Here's the original very rough notebook sketch. In the sketches I did last year (the ones that weren't working for me) she was always standing straight up with her feet together and hands at her sides. This time I drew her walking with an outstretched zombie hand, and then it all clicked (for me, at least).
Here's the more refined sketch. The toughest part was getting all the critter parts arranged in a pleasing manner. As you can see, I opted not to go with a lobster claw in the final drawing.