About this project
I really liked the rounded shape of the glyph, and it reminded me of some of the japanese animation characters, such as Totoro.
However, after experimenting with the shape a lot in 3D, I ended up using the shape in a way that does not show the original 2D outline very clearly (except in the first rendition below), but I liked the morphology of the characters which unfolded from the work so I kept working in that direction.
This second project with the ampersand contains three different characters: "The sage", "The commander" and "The mystic".
After the different renditions, you'll find pointers to resources I used.
I used Cinema 4D for creating the characters and then Photoshop for the final compositing and texturing.