All designs are created equal but some are more iconic than others.
Often times when looking at the iconic character designs we know and love, we often think of them as simply coming into existence, without needing work, rehashes, or any type of improvement. Unfortunately character designs like anything else contend with artistic trends, the tastes of the audience, the desires of the artist, and it can take some time before everything comes together.
While the goal of good character design is to create something that will endure through any era of aesthetics, achieving that is quite a bit dicier. The trials and tribulations of reaching that point can leave the artist with pages upon pages of unsuccesful doodles that don't make the cut for intangible reasons, or are so ridiculous that one has to wonder how it even made it to paper.
Thanks to the artists revealing to their work to us, the consumers, we have the opportunity to see the creative process for all the good, the bad, and the ugly, which sometimes, can be very ugly, down right ridiculous. Sometimes an animal isn't anthropomorphic enough, or maybe something looks rests right at the base of the uncanny valley.
Either way, these twelve doodles show that the road to perfection is never perfect, and a few mistakes have to be made before people know precisely which way to go.