If you go gah-gah over kittens drinking milkshakes or puppy’s getting tangled in their really long ears, then… well, OK. But I have a nice, sap-free dose of cute for you today!

Madi is a 21 year old illustrator with big dreams of making kids happy. She has a lovely collage style, but it’s the character development in her sketchbook that really makes me smile. When I draw new people or creatures, I never think of it as building up a character, shaping their personality with every little color or line. I like the idea of a red cheek instead of a pink one turning a girl from shy to boisterous, or a blue loose ribbon askew saying tom-boy rebellion and a pink ribbon saying something completely different.

For the illustrators or avid drawers, how do you develop your characters? Is it quick and instinctual, going with the first marks you put onto the page? Or do you have a process like Madi? I’m really curious to try something new.