As an artist I have been obsessed with characters silhouettes. It is good character design to know a character by their outline without actually seeing any of their features (Mickey Mouse is a good example). Having said this I wanted to create a character who is a shadow, but also anonymous. I wanted their to be no defining characteristics, I wanted the protagonist to be bland and not stand out in any way.
I took this approach so we could focus more on the words and the poetry of Problems. I feel that I could only get away with this on a short Comic Book Poem. Being only 1 page long allowed me to create an unnamed and basic character while still hopefully holding the readers attention.
As a counter to this I did create a more detailed backdrop. With the location and style and I wanted something traditional. I also knew this would be the location for all the panels in the Comic Book Poem. My approach was to create a building that looked like an old school building, where the concept of writing (the main theme of Problems) could be expressed.