Some characters I've created sprang from my pencil sketches almost fully formed. Others required alot of tweaking until I felt satisfied. My fish-wearing-armour super-hero (who is now a turtle), went through many revisions over the years:
2 Reworked as a deep sea diver... interesting, but awkward.
3 Looking a bit robotic, but getting closer to what I was going for.
4 I like this guy and his fish-cycle, but felt it a little too cute.
6 At one point, I replaced the fish with an electric eel, hence the lightening effects. I still like that idea, but eels are dull to draw, visually.
7 Trying to figure out how to make the character move, this action-figure design was an inspired solution. The belt and guantlets are looking good!
9 Almost there; the shoulders flow better and fins pump up the arms and legs.
10 A stylized sketch that I really like.
11 A flying manta replaces the fish bike; shield and staff give him a knight vibe which I enjoy.
The design hasn't evolved much from this one, although I've replaced eel with leatherback turtle.
And there you have it. I think the many years of sketching were worth it, ending up with a cool character I love to draw, and hopefully readers will enjoy as well!