Puss n' Boots update:
That plant-like thing in the lower righthand corner is gonna get overhauled. Spiky is not the direction it should go in.
I have other tweaks to do while this is still in Illustrator. The majority of the background stuff will happen in Photoshop, where the handy-dandy "blur" feature will be used to cover up my ineptitude with backgrounds.
Thank goodness the deadline for this project has been extended to February. I'm gonna need it!