@Shadowfade Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I'm probably going to leave the background less detailed than the characters so that should push them forward, plus they'll be lit up more which hopefully will separate them further.
Here's another progress picture. I'm just refining and defining things. I spent an inordinate amount of time on the faces, but I'm finally somewhat satisfied with how they look.
Going to be adding color as well soon.
Last edited by nisaren; 09-18-2012 at 09:52 AM.