- Yes, I don’t think knowing margritte’s work is essential, it’s more like a fun little easter egg!
- Character design is not a strong suit of mine but I would suggest doing a whole bunch of sketches of this character. I would try 20 or 30 and really push yourself to make decisions you might not normally make. When I do this for any concept I often find the best designs in the last few that I thought I didn’t have in me.
- I think you should try playing around a lot with the picture frames, widely varying shapes and designs. I’m also struggling to see the window as standing out from the frames. I think the image might be a bit too linear at the moment. Try some thumbnails with different angles (I’m a big fan of perspective so that would be how I would explore it).
- Not sure if I’ll be much help with the paintings but I will say that I don’t think they should ask, be surrealist paintings based on cheese, just a handful I think would be perfectly effective.
Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions about any of this!