I took up an online course in SkillShare and here is my results:
The hard work behind:
1. Blocking Out – As advised, i started by doing a rough sketch in Photoshop how the character should look like. The key is to get the proportions right.
2. Inking and Base colour – Once the proportions looks fine, I proceed to outline it and also give it a base colour.
3. I tweak the orange colour to a skin colour, and I start to add more reds to the checks, highlights, details, etc.