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Hey NG. I was drawing this viking in flash, but kept getting stuck on the arms, any suggestions? By the way, the head, body, and legs are all different symbols.
With such a simple style I'd keep the arms basic.
Not giving them limbs - will allow for a heap of expression without going ott on detail.
Not being attached to the body also allows for disproportion.
For example when carrying a large object - they can be spaced out more liberally.
The character will still look correct - even if, realistically - they'd be gorilla arms.
That's a very nice style. When I first saw the image, I assumed it was finished, before I read the text. The arms aren't essential.
When you mention about all the limbs being in different symbols, are you considering using him for a flash game or something, because it would work quite well.
I like ArthurGhostly's idea. Something that might also be fun, is to slightly invert the concept. Vikings are always considered big, imposing, etc. So maybe, if you made him kind of timid or innocent. The following image is what I would do, but it is obviously your style, so it's up to you.