The third character (and final) character in my thesis animation is the Stone man.
He is a statue brought to life by an ancient curse.
Here is my progress:
I was super happy with how the leaves came out.
I decided to not use an alpha channel for the leaves;instead, I modeled the shape using 24 quads on each leaf.
I used a normal map on the leaves, but I added some funky depth in random places on the map to give the appearance of volume.
The do kind of remind me of banana leaves though :\