It got me wondering what the Sanrio characters would look like in my Squaremania style - so I quickly drew this:
Sadly, because of this obsession coupled with the lack of imagination by family and friends I started receiving stuffed animal penguins as gifts (which is such a great present for a guy <-----sarcasm). But out of such travesty came a little Badtz-maru beanie baby, which, along with an armless penguin ball became two that I wasn't terribly ashamed of.
Wait - that doesn't make me sound like a fan. In all seriousness I love how simple the design is for the Sanrio characters. And Badtz-maru is one of the best, with his scowl and bumpy head (is it hair...or, because he's a penguin, feathers?).
And there's the weird simplicity of Hello Kitty - little black holes for eyes and no mouth - she just sits there...but is very cute.
Is her name Hello Kitty? All the other characters are called by name, but is that her name? Meh...
And this is the clean up (done in Adobe Illustrator):