Huh, I was so sure I had set this up to be posted automatically on Sunday. C'est la vie.
This was the Father's Day counterpart to last year's Mother's Day Special. I made sure to make both a Mother's Day special and a Father's Day special, least I be accused of sexism, and avoid having people talk badly about my father.
Problem is, I couldn't simply copy the Mother's Day picture and change the clothes. Firstly, adult males tend to be larger than the adult females of their species. (Jane is taller than me because she's of a different species.) Papa here is a full inch taller than me, and only a head taller than Mama.
Secondly, men don't smile the same way women do. It just isn't… manly. Of course, the last thing I wanted to cause when I introduced a character like this was gender confusion, so I had the problem of how to show happiness, without having the character "smile with his eyes".
It took me all day to solve this one, but finally it was thanks to Sis that I found it: She was watching Spider-Man on TV. I walked in on the scene where Norman hugs Harry affectionately, and I had my answer: when a girl smiles while delivering a hug, its something cute, almost childish. So they're allowed to squee and be emotional with it. When a guy smiles while delivering a hug, its something deep. Something that shows the guy truly cares about the other person. The eyes therefore needed to reflect that, and the simplest way to do it was to show them closed, as if the character was asleep. It is the responsibility of all the other muscles to show that something is going through the character's mind while he does this, so of course, this one took longer to do.
There is a reason why I dressed him up as a red coat, but that's another story for another day.