I had always admired my friend, Miki Pierre, and her ability to illustrate characters of any variety.  Take a look at her work on her site and you can see it for yourself.  Recently, I’ve decided to start trying my hand at doing some of my illustration.  I’m fairly new to this so I went to Google and started with searching for tutorials on how to create my own characters. I found a list of tutorials and this one from Vector Tuts on creating a web site mascot. In the end I took the overview from one tutorial about creating a sketch of your character and then tracing it in Illustrator.