There's infinitely many ways to design a character. :3
For this particular one, though; All I really knew going in is that I wanted a small, kinda extrovert of a friendly Chuian/Miadren, so I went with opening pose expressions that were outward directed with the limbs, and with open arms and hands, and generally with the upper body facing more upwards.
Then after fiddling around with the hair some, I started working on the hair details and looking on the net for hairstyles I thought were interesting, and brought that together.
I did come up with story by the time I had finished the design about a week ago which can be read at [link]
But I don't really like doing direct copy-paste of stuff from one artsite to another.
There was a little bit of erasing things, but one reason why I didn't want to throw away past attempts is so that I could go back and see exactly what I didn't like about those other versions and not do that again and to get others' feedback. (As well as retaining the stuff I did like between quick runs.)