Design on theme may be frustating if you are not desciplined enough. It is a good exercise, but you need to nail guidelines and make it shine in the magma of possibility. For Halloween, Conceptart.org asked to design a character inspired to japanese folk monster: the ONI. In my mind clearly appeared his image, but was full of clichè to turn over. So I started portrating Andre the Giant to have a massive body with a charismatic face, and build on my Squatter Oni. Forum moderator warned he was too contemporary without mythic aestetic. So for get in the challange I turned him into a more classic ONI, but leaving on him a modern halo. Here the first unfinished version.
You can find the other on CHOW forum.