Monday, 18 April 2011

Robot Unicorn Team Go!

I've been studying anatomy recently and decided to attempt a few creature designs over the next few days. For today's piece I started safely within the realms of reality and created a horse base, which I then expanded into 3 complete designs.
With number one as a base (which took around an hour to complete), number 2 used the same base colour with patterning over the top and a braided-down show horse hair design, complete with blinkers. (This is starting to feel like a sales pitch...)
3 was, obviously, based on Robot Unicorn Attack (All rights pertaining to Adult Swim) while 4 was more of a challenge in terms of the hair, which was thoroughly enjoyable to complete.

Back to anatomy though, this was an exercise in attempting to draw what actually exists, whereas the next few days will be based on unique, new creatures.
As such, many things need to be taken into account...

  • Structure. Bone and muscle, they need to be able to exist realistically, with accurate bone structures holding up a realistic muscular system. This can lead into other issues, such as...
  • Stance, where is their weight falling? Are they 2-legged? 4-legged? More or less than these? Is the weight evenly distributed between the legs or are they running, purposely off-balance? 
  • What-ivore? Carnivore, herbivore, what will this creature be? Is it a predator who attacks through being a loud, heavy force to be reckoned with, or is it smaller, nimble and able to attack through stealth and speed? If a herbivore, is it structured as prey with wide-set eyes and good hearing, or are there no predators nearby to fear?
  • Land, sea or sky? Mammal, bird or fish? Or does it take it's characteristics from insects?
  • Does it feel the need to camouflage into its surroundings? Appear as if it's another creature?
  • And so many more! Human-animal hybrids, purely alien creatures unlike anything we know on earth, the list goes on and on.

With so many things to consider, I can see this being a very interesting challenge to partake in and hope you're all looking forward to this as much as I am!

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