I am irritatingly perfectionist and must know things to relax my anxiety. So this creature here. From the top its head shape is salamander. Its mouth is large and strong and the cranium needs enough space for sentient brain and good fitting hats. It can switch to quadruped movement. It is approximately 4 feet tall.
It will need to be able to not fall forward on its face from either stance. Not too top heavy. Would balance be an issue? I'd rather not give it a counter balance tail. Its body is roughly barrel shaped, so more thick support neck could fit. I'm unsure about the limb joint positioning, as I notice the quadruped shoulder and enlarged chest looks a bit weird on a biped (don't worry about the limb shape; those extra lines in the front are just for telling me its leg position as quadruped). The back legs are animal shaped and around the same length as its body plus halfway up the neck. Its hands and feet are like chicken feet.
Will these proportions work strength and balance wise? What might I need to change?
I hope you can see the images okay. I don't like to put down harder to erase lines until I'm very sure that's where they need to be.
I did a bit of change. The neck is a bit longer and thinner, if that makes it more realistic. The neck bones are positioned something like this. Im attempting to copy a chimp like head to neck connection for switching between biped and quadruped position. Though now I'm concerned about if the brain case is too small in proportion or if it having the generally large head already makes up for it.
Am I allowed a side question? I need to know how stretchy a spine can be.
Maybe a slightly shorter head would make it more believable. His head is big and wide enough that it should make up for the shorter head height, for brain space. Hopefully the hat will still stay on okay. I could probably shorten it even more if I weren't worried about the hat falling off. (Hat base shown here) How do the spinous processes look? Do they look like they are enough and proper? I don't know much about those.