As you can see, I gradually changed a few lines into something more human and then it turned into a character. Of course, no one usually lets the lines part of character development be shown. It's what made it tricky for me. I didn't want to have a weird take on the evolution of a human being picture where the monkey gradually turns into a man, but I did want to show a stick figure moving through a background and turning into a person. That's when it hit me. I could have him be getting ready for the day and that makes him turn into a character. Kind of like slowly developing after waking up and then eating breakfast. So I designed my house.
It's light on my plans, but it's there. I'm hoping that the idea of mixing movement with time works. Movement is a bit of a risk for me in general.
After planning, I began to figure out colors. I knew my character would look like this:
But I needed to know how he'd look with some color. I think I did really well with colored pencils. I mean, his hair looks really good!
After that, I painted. I, so far, have only the house.
It took me awhile to come up with how to get it to look this way. I kind of got inspired off of a doll house. I wanted it to look somewhat juvenile and have a complex inside. The background appears very smooth and dreamy, too. I wanted that to be there for helping viewers see that it is kind of like a dream and at the same time, I put colors of a sunrise in there so it would seem a little like waking up from a dream.