Time for an update:
Okay, a couple of nights ago, I was trying to design a new character... Only thing is that it turned out to look (almost) like Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach (well, it looks that way to me):
Again, I decided to leave it 'black and white.' I think I still need to work on the shading and eyes (and about a dozen other areas LOL), but the hands have improved (maybe?).