at work we started a character design challange, in the line of "the skillful huntsman". If you don't know about it, here is a link to explain it a bit more. http://designstudiopress.com/product/the-skillful-huntsman/
In a nutshell it means, that you take whatever fairy-tale you like and redesign it into another setting.
I chose the tale of the fisherman and his wife, because it had the perfect constallation of design-problems to solve: a protagonist (fisherman), the antagonist (his wife), the creature (the fish), environments (his fishing-place, their hut and whatever it evolves into), props (his fishing-rod).
On the moodboard I collected reference images for fishermen, old happy guys, space-suits and a butt-kicker when it comes to quality of the final illustration.
I started with doing some thumbnails to get some interesting silhouettes. Check Feng Zhu's and Matt Kohr's to learn more about the process.
Matt Kohr: http://www.ctrlpaint.com/videos/remix-your-thumbnails-chop-and-warp
Feng Zhu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yKxY0KKrak
Next step would be refining and then breaking up the big shape into smaller and smaller shapes for design.
Buuuut that has to wait...
as for today I will go on a 2 weeks holiday with my girl to Iceland. I will take my water-color-sketchbook with me, so hopefully I will have something cool to show when I come back.