Sounds correct. But just in case I want to see a screenshot of the program after you open a rom.
Yep, tiles usually look that way. Small squares lying here and there, that game puts together to create a sprite.
In order to find tiles of the sprite that you need to change, you can erase or corrupt one or several pages at a time, then save, open this rom in emulator and see if your character has changed or vanished. If not, try another page. And so you can locate those tiles.
Don't forget to make a backup file beforehand.