I'm about to get started on another set of character designs! I'm working from a set of written personality descriptions, but the visual attributes of each character are pretty open.
This gets me thinking. How do professional character designers get started on a character? For me, getting started always seems like a massive shot in the dark. I'm usually able to come up with something I'm pleased with, but not without much trail, error, and many dead ends.
Do any of you have more organized strategies that you use when designing a character? What is your creative process like? Do you just focus on creating the character you already see in your head when you read the description, or do you have a more open approach?
Thanks for the input,