This inspired me to start thinking about bringing a new character to life, and I thought you might like to see the progression of a new creation.
When I've decided which animal/character I want to work on, I begin to research my subject more thoroughly. Then, I make some preliminary sketches, notes and doodles, to try and get a 'feel' for who I want to create.
I start playing about with the pieces on scrap paper. Quite often I just cut into my pattern pieces and alter the shapes as I go!
Now I'm at the stage to start roughly piecing in fabric, and thinking about joints and stability. All my characters are designed to be tactile, and usually positionable, so they must be robust.
I constantly think about fabrics, materials, and the personality of the final character. Often my ideas change as he/she 'grows', but that is part of the fun! You've probably guessed by now what sort of animal this is going to be - but his/her character is still a mystery!
I'd love to know how others work. Do you keep a sketchbook or journal? Or do you have other methods of recording and remembering your creative journey and putting projects together?x