After some negotiations, we went with Cubone. Pokemon are great since most of them now have an overworld sprite and several front sprites to choose from. This is the first time I've done a back sprite, but it's what my commissioner sent over.
During the PCA/ACA conference I started working on a Shiny Vaporeon for personal use. I don't have to worry about getting my threads mixed up, but I did have to learn how to count. And since I don't "fill in" areas that are the same color as the fabric, I dread finding out that I've miscounted everything below Vaporeon's white ruff.
I talk about color choices a lot, but that's only because color choices are either ridiculously obvious or the biggest pain in my ass. Except for the few times they are a total pain in my ass until an Angel of the Lord descends and says, "Glory to God in the Highest, for He hath decided that all white people shall hence forth be stitched with 945 or possibly 948, but really thou shalt just go with 945."
If you look at the stitched picture and the sprite, you can see I've skipped the shading. I didn't think the little highlight on the arm was worth it, and I was definitely worried that the shading on the back of the skull would just look dingy at this size (fortunately my commissioner is willing to trust me rather than wanting to go totally accurate).
édex entry, Cubone is hardcore.