First, this one, which I'm just putting up for show-and-tell really:
Note the weird effect on baby!Ray.
This one is closer to what I was aiming at (and probably better since it is less complicated and more pretty):
I do think front!Ray needs a little help. I want to keep him in colour and detailed, I just think the balance needs adjusting a bit.
That's eleven active layers in Photoshop and good half-dozen smooshed down ones.
*back to the homework, because I am not getting anywhere fast*
I so want to icon the Ray in the bottom left now.