Here are a bunch of development sketches I'm doing to create a new character for class... He is a cartoony hipster version of the creature from the black lagoon.
As I continue to develop the look, and narrow down the style, I'll keep updating this post.
First, some light research to get me thinking about "hipster" stereotypes...
Next I do a couple of paintings to learn how I might want the character to look, I like to start with the face.
Next, I start doing some gestural sketches of the body to explore different proportions.
"paper doll" sketches for quick costume exploration...
After I have some ideas about the costume, I try to start thinking about the style. These are the first steps toward finalizing the look of the character before moving on to creating a maquette and finishing the design in the round.