My scanner is so crappy - I can never get the colors to look the same, they always look washed out... boo. Oh well. I really liked the color scheme of this one's hair and hat. However a black coat would have been just too lame. I think a good rule of thumb is to avoid solid black areas at all cost in non-graphic pieces of art. It's just a hole for the viewers eye and sucks all the attention out of the rest of the piece.
Ernimahoo... I need to go buy more of these boards, they're the key to my ugly obsession.