The Japanese Giant Salamander is the world's largest amphibian, and one reason I think it would make a great Squishable is that there aren't any plush toys out there of these unique creatures, not that I know of, anyway. Plus, the happy smiling face and interesting markings I gave him would make him stand out from other salamanders. And who says amphibians are slimy and "un-huggable"? Not this one!!
I have been drawing since before I was in preschool. I also love to design and create things (including my own stuffed animals), so I thought this contest was right up my alley. A lot of my art is Japanese-influenced in some way, because Japanese culture is one of my major interests.