Two years ago I was helping a friend with a special project he had in development. We met on weekends at a local restaurant and would draw while we had something to eat. These were fun and productive sessions. I wasn't getting much of an opportunity to create at that time so the chance to doodle and practice my sketching was very much appreciated.
I was taking his direction and coming up with character concepts along the lines of what he had in mind. At this point I was engaged in designing clothing for some of the figures for the project. Not so much the characters themselves but how they would be dressed.
These images are what I came up with at a sitting in September 2011. They're free form drawings that didn't involve anything else but a black line pen on paper. I'm posting them here for my students and also for others who would gain from this blog entry. The lesson I'm communicating is that creating a variety of designs and approaches for a specific concept is the preferable approach when working at a professional level. Giving your client / partner / associates / employer a broad choice of concepts with variation at the initial development stage.