I've decided Eric the pirate just wasn't 'piratey' enough, so I've gone and re-designed him ...again.
The main things I altered were his body, limbs and eyes. Giving him a solid body really helped to get the 'piratey' aesthetic. Changed his eyes so he didn't look like an Aardman ripoff.
Initially I chose blue as the colour scheme, but eventually changed it back to the original red as it will stand out better on the yellow background. Apparently red and yellow colour schemes make you hungry.
Really happy with how the model turned out. I think he transferred from sketches to fabrication quite nicely. Although, his boots look like terracotta pots.