I will do some of my steps bit by bit to show how this one progresses.
First I did a sketch of a lady carrying something of what she had left. I sketch big things like this on pattern paper laying flat on my table. I do a bit of drawing and a bit of rubbing out until I can recognise it as what I was aiming for.
Rather than redrawing, I used some pattern drafting tricks. (I do this a lot!)
Then after having it up on the wall to 'discover it a bit more', I realised she was too thin for the person her head was telling me she was.
So, another pattern drafting technique...
Slash and spread.
Much better. I saw her as a middle age to older lady and I think this works.
Apart from a bit of trimming on her head (because I was too close to the height limit for the work and I needed to make her a little shorter) and sorting a few other places, this became the pattern.
Somewhere along the line I also traced round the hand to give another bag/case possibility if I decide to do another one of these.
Aren't digital cameras brilliant as a design tool?