Here are some designs inspired by the Inuit art used during the Canadian Olympics. The medals looked like someone ripped them off of a tin can, but the patterns on the medal and on the graphics used throughout were inspiring. I don't think I did it justice, but I tried. Here are a couple of my attempts.
I worked Cookie out in pencil form first. In the end, I liked the pencils more than the digital version.
Then, went to Illustrator to throw some colors on it.
Elmo was actually the one I did first. I did a quick thumbnail sketch and went straight to Illustrator.