How we perceipt characters and bring them to a cartoon? I suppose, there are some common points for all of us in this creative process, despite of huge variability of illustration styles.
I believe, many cartoonists deal with transmission of illustrated characters into a cartoon at some stage, even if the process is rather subconscious. We make some kind of simplification and refinement during this process.
In my project below I started to deal with the transmission at the very beginning.
Step 1. (Hastily night photo... 😁)
Step 3. Turning into a cartoon... Find the differences 😆
Step 4. Finishing