I've been watching Final Fantasy: Advent Children so I decided to try some FF sprites. They actually turned out exactly how I wanted them to. This is pretty much the style I was aiming for before (except I didn't fully shade all of them.) The first one is my base sprite, the second is from a couple days ago, the third is Vincent, and the last is Cloud. Oops. I just realised that I didn't finish Cloud's lower half either.
(Btw, I'm sticking with the Derek sprites for this game now. The ones above are just for practice.)
Also, if you're interested in the design info that I've got done at the moment, check out the bottom of the last entry.