@cedricgo Thanks a bunch, they really do have a friendly looks about them don't they ^__^
@kigerneko Thanks! I'm definitely planning on doing more little sketches in this style for sure. As for my process I just loosely sketched them out with a large brush to establish the bigger shapes and forms, then on a new layer went back over the roughs with a smaller brush to push their details and forms. Under that layer I did a layer of simple colors, after the colors on a layer on top of the whole stack I lightly added in shadow information with a Darken layer set to 50%.
So the layers look like this from top to bottom: 1) Shadows, 2) Lines, 3) Colors, 4) Rough Sketches, 5) Background elements (Horizon line and ground shadow), and 6) Background Colors
After I do another batch of little character sketches I'll post up a gif or something to better illustrate my drawing process for everyone ^__^