So after some vacation time and lots of research I've finally gotten around to redesigning Vivid as well as a whole new approach for the games Art Direction in general. So for each world there will be a different "Art Style" in that world one will be Crayon Drawings, next world would be Water Painting, the next Acrylic Paints, etc. That should definitely give the game a great imaginative scope to work with as I am trying to plan the Worlds, Stages, and all that could potentially be in them instead of doing the other approach which is to build all the assets... then see what kind of levels you can make with those like with a typical Mario game. And it could work that way, but I don't think it would fit a game like this considering the style and treatment it's now getting.
So here's the new Design to Vivid! Vivid herself...isn't very vivid. The only thing on her that is colorful is her blush...and a special Butterfly on her head which will be what gives her her Color Changing Abilities. Not too much has changed from the last design, but besides color she also doesn't have a Tail or Wolf Ears. I decided it was a pointless trait considering she no longer transforms into a Wolf or whatever connection she would have had plot-wise. So instead she has a Butterfly which will tell you what color you currently are. My main reason for redesigning her this way is because in Game Maker, you can't easily swap the color of something to another color in game. At least, not one single color at a time, which meant for every sprite of her I needed to make two MORE for the other colors. This redesign will cut down on sprites and free up a large amount of space.
As for her style she's somewhat Crayon/Color Pencil. Her shading is Sketched in and was based off Yoshi's Island as well as Kirby's Dreamland 3. This piece is just concept art and doesn't show it off the best, but I've been playing around with it and it looks very nice. I was going to use a more crayon like outline but I ultimately decided it wouldn't matter much since i's the shading effect that will really make the look shine. I can't wait to animate this!