I really wanted to do a character with hand painted textures. The Happy Mask Salesman is from the Zelda series. I put my own twist on him by making him a little lankier, and creepier. As a 12 year old he definitely made an impact on me (He has some frightening animations). My friend Anthony made a rig for him (for his own portfolio piece) which is what let me pose him so easily.
Above is the original concept and the original 64 bit character.