I think I figured out why my squishy arcade guy was staring at me so hard: there was something weird about his face! I got the feeling that something in particular was stopping me from taking the next step in designing, and when I thought about it, his screen seemed just a tad on the small side. So I took a few minutes to give him a face transplant.
I’ll probably make the final version in a different color, but I wanted to focus on the size and shape for now. All I did was take out the black border that originally framed the screen, and extended the screen by six stitches and six rows. It’s a closer match to my original sketches, which I think are important to refer back to throughout the design process. I’m feeling better having made this change, and now hopefully I can move forward again with this guy.