Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Little fun with Creature Design

11x14" sketch
I must say, I feel that I should be working with James Cameron on his new Avatar movie. I am more of a Fantasy illustrator than that of a Creature designer, but I do enjoy combining a good four creatures together once in awhile to polish up my imagination/anatomy skills. This one was inspired by a prehistoric sloth. My Academy had a book sale, where I purchased two books references of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures at a very very cheap price. There was a depiction of a sloth's upper body and I completely changed everything from the reference.

 If one wanted to make sense of this being, it is a sloth-mole-gorilla- T-rex that is very strong but somewhat lazy. This creature is nocturnal and mostly blind, but can see in ultra-viloet light that it generates from those circular scales depicted on its back, neck, and underbelly. I figure because its mostly blind it needed more of a firm gasp of its surroundings along with its need for a certain frequency of light. Therefore, the front T-rex-like arms have fingers much like a frog's, that are very sensitive to vibrations. And because it has gorilla like upper and lower body strength and movement, this thing can charge if needed. But I figure that it is mostly a gentle creature. Just don't get it mad, or you get the claws!

There's always time for a few Horses

Yes I still try and make time for a horse here and there. While working on my first semester of my MFA in Illustration out here in San Francisco, I have little time to just draw or create what I want. But, when I do, I try to make it epic and/or relatable to the Art Deco Era with a little bit of Mucha mixed in. 

To those reading my post, please know that I feel I can call myself a horse anatomy expert. If you own a horse or know someone who does, and would like to commission a piece of this horse for either a gift or personal collection, I am very reasonably priced and open for business. Food will not grow itself out here in San Francisco because I have no real backyard to do that. So support an artist like me and commission a horse portrait. I can literally draw/paint anything you want. Examples: your horse with a Knight, a design with your horse, examples of horses above, paintings, drawings, certain color schemes to match a particular place for display, a formal portrait etc. Thank you. As always, please refer me to any friends and family.