I was sketching out character ideas, animals. I thought rhinoceroses looked really cool (i still do) and wanted to do something with one of them.
On the right, a couple of sketches where i figured out that it didn’t make much sense to have a rhino head on a very vertical figure, as the neck would have to be pulled down and under the head instead of where it normally rests, behind the head (as rhinos are quadrupedal).
Below left, the where i sketched the first “bat kid” designs. Those sweater details are no fun. Also, that was before i looked up what bat feet looked like, so here they’re like giant rabbit stompers.
Below right, trying to block out the doe’s head. Unfortunately this was much later in the process and i didn’t have enough energy to rework the whole thing.