Hi! and nooo no, don’t be embarrassed! It’s an interesting ask, I don’t think anyone’s asked about this yet, hmmm.
Well, I guess the first thing to consider is the line of action of a character. You are on anon, so I can’t see your work and tell you do’s and dont’s for you specifically but-
I think something that goes for everything regarding stylized art or cartoonish characters and such is that, if you understand what you are drawing, you are going to have a better result.
So for characters, as an example, a human, if you understand the anatomy of a human being, you are going to be able to manipulate your rendition of it with a lot more control!
So what’s really nice about figure drawing and anatomical studies (realism and such) is that is helps an artist understand how things work in a 3 Dimensional space, so you aren’t just putting lifeless lines down on a paper.
This is getting long winded because I do that sometimes, I’m so sorry.
I guess, the key is understanding your subject, and then after you have a sort of understanding, you can PUSH it, bend it, break it, MAKE IT SUFFER, make it completely yours to control. Just experiment and have fun with poses, bodies are amazing, and an exaggeration of a body is even more fantastic.
So also consider line of action, movement, structure, build, design, there is so much to really say, haha. But it goes back to understanding, I think. And I can’t claim to understand how all my subjects work, but when I made an active effort to try to understand, I felt like my work and my posing got a lot better!
I hope that all makes sense, I’m a terrible teacher and communicator, haha, but thank you so much for the ask and the nice compliments!