Here's a character design piece I made for AnimationRigs.com 's "Master and Student"-themed contest.
Started off with doodles and fond myself in a funny mood (nice to change pace from all that dark, devil-worshiping art I usually do). Came up with an old geezer being taught to fly by a wickedly cool old bird.
I started painting a background and got to the great point where I loved it so much I didn't want to put anything on-top of it... but alas...
Came up with some poses that seemed dynamic but also straightforwardly describing the figures - since it is a character design after all, and not a 'standard' artwork. These started out as pencil sketches that were scanned in and colored (like a coloring book!).
And the final step: Take forever finishing it up and tweaking every detail until you can't even tell what you've done to the piece for the last 20 minutes - that's the sign to STOP.
~Here's a link to the DeviantArt post: