So I'm starting to study the character designer, Ovi Nedelcu. The topic of choice is another monkey, Kera to be specific (Thanks Rini for the name!). I found a pose and attitude that will help me keep Kera in character. Currently I'm in the process of studying the anatomy of monkeys with heavy references and life drawing. After I've confidently gotten enough practice I'll start playing with design and proportions as I believe Ovi would have drawn Kera. Then create Kera in my own style with what I've learned. Here's a page of my initial studies and sketches to find Kera.