I can't see my animated 2D character in "Scene view"

I have made my characters by creating empty GameObjects and then attach sprite animations and an animator controller to that object. This works perfectly as soon as I start the game and the animations start playing. However I do not see the character in the Scene mode. My first idea was top add a sprite to the GameObjects sprite renderer. Then I can see the character but it also means that the sprite will continue to be rendered on top of the playing animations. Not very nice.

So my question is: what is the proper way of handling this?

From your Project tab you can drag multiple sprites into the scene automatically creating an animation.