Using an incredibly crude sketch I hopped into Maya to experiment with building it. Something about this design feels as though it needs to be made dimensional and it would be great to have the various features move separately a little like Pato the duck from 'Pocoyo', or indeed like 'The Blackbird.' ('Le Merle') featured below. This is another of Norman McLaren's works that Phil has directed me to.
'Le Merle' - Norman McLaren. (1958)
See below my screen grabs of the build so far. I'm still working out how to make the geometry flow properly, particularly for rigging later. There is also the fact that my rough sketch of the profile view still doesn't feel exaggerated enough. For such a striking front angle anyway. I believe the nose, however the lips need some treatment and I have yet to create the leg and shoe.
I envision the leg being fully rigged and hopping around as its own detached entity. The eye needs an eyelid for blinking and I like the thought of it being able to squash and stretch like a bouncy ball and roll around. I also want to see if I can figure out a way to make those nostrils flair. Of course those lips need to move, perhaps a kissing motion... a grin... a range of expressions. We shall see! This is by no means a final just an experiment.
Front view wireframe