It's easy to forget that Tankaa isn't a domesticated animal, since he looks like a leathery plush toy.
The exposed teeth didn't work quite as well as I thought they would, so I'm going to move Tankaa back to having slight lips for the sake of making his face more expressive (and easier to draw.) This will get rolled in next time I draw up references.
I've been experimenting with a new blending technique, but I think it's a bit too labor-intensive for regular use at this point. I should be able to come up with a better solution later, but for now it's back to cel/step shading.
Artwork, Tankaa (c) of me