This makes me happy.
Pixels make me happy.
Design, using pencils, the creature that I want to create
Break the thing down into seperate individual movable body parts, that can be animated
Model the parts in 3D and render from all angles that will be visible, 360 degrees around, above and below at some reasonable interval, (say, 8*8?)
Trace over the renders to give the parts some hand drawn pixelly juice.
create dom elements for each body part.
Create springs for each limb
Figure out how ventrella did the upright stance for his creatures. Creatures need balance!