Time to exaggerate!
Now here’s the fun part. With those basic shapes, I try to imagine them as if they’re a character. I add some eyes, and even whole faces to them. Then I try imagining the lower part of the instrument as the character’s body, too. Of course, I can always change their perspective.
Simplify your character
I keep the character simple. It’s not about textures or accessories here, more about lines and silhouettes. I decrease my character’s silhouette until it looks simple, but it’s important to add your own drawing style, too. Next, I come up with five characters and then I pick the one who looks the most charming. Now I can play with the face and colours.