Probably it's a case of me drawing the legs too long but once again our "quarters" theory doesn't hold up as well as it might:
There's lots of things I like about this character. We might want to call him the Indignant Heavyset Man. I love the facial expression, holding the hand up as if counting off points of dissension. I like the overalls... and I LUV that hat!
I especially appreciate the head shape. Here we see both an indent and a "bulge"...
The bulge, though, is like a structural bulge to give strength and rigidity to the skull.
The head is a classic that works on a rancher, but it would also work as a bank president... or give him a chef's hat and he's an agry chef Boyardee... he could be a cop, a fireman, a mayor, you name it. There's a lot to be learned from this character. Study him well.
I also love the shape of the hand being held up. A friend mentioned that sometimes these simple drawings mask a lot of sophisticated design decisions. I certainly agree that's the case with this character. I'd never know how to create him spontaneously... but now that I have him for constant reference I don't need to.
Tomorrow's project will be a character from the Jetsons. Then we'll try creating a few of our own based on the commonalities from the 4 figures. Stay tuned.