In today’s concept development lesson I researched and developed some more ideas for my creature in the dark crystal universe. So expanding on my previous ideas in my sketchbook I developed my idea by continuing with a amphibious creature but added some bug like features as well as other animals such as birds, frogs, cats, platypuses and many more. Below is a slideshow of the multiple animals I researched in order to add some different features to my work.
I also looked into fish tails and dragons in order to help me create a creature with both mythical and natural creatures. The idea of researching fish tails was because I thought about adding a fish like tail to my amphibious creature in order to help it swim. I also looked a snakes to help me think about a possible tongue or skin texture making the design more appealing. I also looked into various other animals just to help me think of new features or ideas that I could add to the design.
Another big feature that I considered was making the creature humanoid allowing it to stand on two legs. I looked into a lot of Brian and Wendy Froud’s work for fairy and dark crystal creature references to help inspire my design.
Firstly I looked into Brian Froud’s work to help me design some creatures that could walk of two feet and that would relate to the dark crystal. Looking into his work I decided to make a sort of changeling design where the creature is a humanoid puppet but has animal like features that make it look inhuman.
Next I looked into Wendy Froud’s artwork for reference on fairies as I thought that by having these designs as reference I could try a fairy like creature that has wings as well as being quite small in the woodland environment.
After looking into fairies I thought about looking into last weeks artist of the week that Steve suggested which was Janen Baptiste Monge. Looking into his work I found a lot of creature like characters from both games and films which would be suitable reference for my development of my character.
This artist also drew some natural creatures such as birds that were ridden by fairies. This allowed me to think of more ideas for my creature as I thought about making a design with wings that could be interesting to try out.
Next I looked into this weeks artist which was Claire Wendling who also draws fairies and other humanoid and animal creatures.
These images I have collected will be good reference to look at when designing my creature as I could consider making a fairy like creature or perhaps and four legged creature that has large wings and different proportioned features.
Finally I looked into some crystal creatures on google and Pinterest, the reason for this was because as this is for the dark crystal so creatures could have crystallised features after being experimented on by the Skeksis or were formed from the crystal. So having these images could help me with future development in my creature’s design.
My next task will be to use these artworks/ references to help inspire my own designs allowing me explore new ideas and concepts for the dark crystal, while also expanding on the ideas and designs I already have so far in this project.