Here are the illustrative stages behind the creation of my class project!
I started planning my design with some thumbnail sketches:
When I had a simple design that fit my character description, I began sketching a full version of the monster. My goal with this stage was to capture a pose that fit the personality I'd created for the monster:
Next, I inked the monster using line work and a hatching style similar to what I've seen in medieval illustrations. Hey, it's a loose interpretation :)
While coloring my illustration I struggled to make the hatching style work with the color scheme. So, I took it out and colored a version that only has the basic outlines. I consider each version a slight variation on the same character. Notice now stylistic approach can make a character design feel very different!