I imagine that this grim reaper is one of many necessary creatures that play requiems for the people who are about to pass. Their job is to help the living pass by playing a nice song. This is the first time playing the requiem for the piano player. For my animation I will have my character express loneliness and the realization of what her job really means.
I began character design with basic shapes and then went for humanoid shapes. Towards the end I used the rest note as a shape.
from Jessica Jackson https://jas9589.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/2d-production/
Video Intro to shape: https://youtu.be/bJzGkZwkHt4
from Jessica Wilmart http://jwartclass.blogspot.com/2011/12/cool-characters-building-your-character.html