I explored different shapes for the five circus characters. I looked at fruit shapes (fig, dragon fruit, peaches) as an initial inspiration and then developed the different poses from a combination of reference images on Pinterest and playing around with the proportions.
I'm reassessing and looking at the characters again to see if I can get them to come together as a 'family' of characters. The 'dragon-fruit' inspired boy looks a bit too much like dragon ball Z, so I might leave him out.
I cleaned up the sketch and concentrated on just three characters. The final step would be inking and adding colour and lighting, which would really bring the piece to life!