In the movie, Ground Hog Day, Phil Conners lives the same day over and over, and goes through a full spectrum of human behavior and emotions: selfishness, pride, disgust, anger, loathing, anxiety, fear, terror, despair, slothfulness, lust, indulgence, repentance, hope, self sacrifice, humility, love.
At one point when confronted with an impassable blizzard, Phil, the weather man, yells, "I MAKE THE WEATHER!" As writers or illustrators, we too might make the weather. We create lives, homes, characters, and snargy problems for them to overcome. We might decide for our characters to go to the laundromat, to twirl their umbrella, or to be eaten alive.
One day I saw a fisherman working on a tug boat. "Man, that guy is a salty old dog," I said. Now, he didn't wrong me or anything, but I turned him into a dog. What can I say? I had to.