On the Drawing Board: character development

For me the creative process feels like writing a show.  First comes the idea for the scene, then comes the outline.  It's only when I start working with the pastels do I get to 'meet the actor' in the roll.  Sure I have a basic idea of what I want but they evolve and develop as I work, until at some point I have welcomed someone new to my growing cast of characters, "well, hello there!"