One of my favourite linocut artists, Eric Gaskell, has generously made a video of his process in sketching landscape through to the final print from linocut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3115ZuXESE
Some doodles to practice to brighten your paperwork? Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, draws characters he's created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NlEnVqayOY Seeing them drawn from scratch, bigged up, may help to doodle your own characters. Today's creative prompt is "Right". How about putting a new character of your own into a situation using that word?