Well, I gave it my all. I made a sketch, edited it, found some colors, and vectored over the image. I hope I win. I'm actually more concerned about getting my mascot displayed than winning Anime Studio.
I tried to pick colors similar to the ones in the "really old" mascot picture. So that explains the pink and orange. I also wanted more than just blue and white, so that it would be different.
The character is smiling which represents friendliness. The pencil represents creativity.
I know that there are a lot of female mascot candidates to shake things up, but I made mine a boy. That's just what came to mind.
I'm not sure what I want to name him. I know the original mascot is Spikey, but I like the sound of "Omaru". I have no idea if there is any meaning to the name in Japanese. I just came up with it because "O" is for "otaku" and "-maru" is a suffix for a boy's name in Japanese.
This picture was sketched with pencil and paper, edited with Photoshop CS5, and vectored over with Illustrator CS5.
This artwork is made for theotaku.com use only.