Actually, this was an experiment in Corel Painter trying to make generic figures in conversation for the AIDS Committee of Guelph (now being rebranded as ARCH"), for a booklet about challenges and solutions of a "Magnetic" relationship. "Magnetic" is a term given to a couple where one person is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative. What a great community service project!
Anyway, after way too many hours of experimenting in Painter (don't worry, I'm not charging by the hour!) I decided to finally take the advice of my client/art director and revert to my normal style of essentially clear line coloured comic art. Ended up with this, which I think is much better for the project. Nice and light and friendly. Way less generic but still simple enough faces to relate to a lot of people.