Thrusty the Goblin
I was doing a plant study of some tropical flowers and started turning it into a character. It was pretty fun and educating. I recommend trying it.
-Google image search exotic flowers
-pick 5 entirely different kinds,
-start sketching and studying the flower and see where it takes you.
Subject: Orange Bromeliad Flower
Head over to my Facebook to see a lot more preliminary art and sketches.