I prefer this design of james, I like the colour palette and think that it fits with the style of Nigel more. Oh and I frickin' love Nigel. Cute!
looking good emma, really nice simple shapes love the eyes. the only thing i would say (and its just my opinion, im no expert) is that the neck to me is a tad distracting. i think it disconnects the head from the rest of body. i would probably shorten it and bring the head into the body more or lose it completely: eg: http://www.oliverjeffers.com/picture-books/LOST-AND-FOUND love Nigel too, made me think of gertie, the story telling is very sweet similar to your approach. 2:43 is the best bit, Jumbo gets terrorized. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixK1DffOsbE&feature=related hope your well x
Thanks for the comments! Hehe I love gertie! Such a lovely little animation! Il see how james looks without his neck, I have a habit of giving my characters long, thin necks I think. Hope everyone is well! xx