Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tigerpede Tutorial

A few people have asked about my process on this picture or ones done with a similar teqnique so I decided to put this together. Not much else to say hope this helps, if you have any questions feel free to ask. :)

Tools used: 5mm mechanical pencil, Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick, kneaded eraser, cotton swab, Photoshop, paper from my Pentalic sketchbook (I believe it is 70-pound acid free paper if anyone is really picky about paper and wants to know)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Siberian Tigerpede

Siberian Tigers were such wonderful animals when all we knew of were Earth organisms. However their original design has become mundane by today's standards. In order to keep zoo patrons' interest we had to update these creature's designs. Survey results as well as attendance numbers clearly show people are not interested in seeing the Siberian Tigers from our youth. In order to save some vestige of these animals we made the choice to update the Siberian Tiger to appeal to today's generation.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beaked Creature

Something I did yesterday just for fun and to play around with color. I realized a good portion of my creatures are on the slim side so I tried to keep this guy big and muscular.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


An alchemist was finally able to incubate the mythic philosophers stone. However, much to his surprise, the gold used in the stone's creation surrounded the stone and formed a delicate golden creature. The alchemist kept the amazing creature as his familiar. Being an extremely clever creature it helped aid him in the creation of many extraordinary discoveries. As the alchemist grew old an weary he realized his faithful companion, sustained by the stone, was an immortal being. For the alchemist's last experiment he created a second philosophers stone and thus a second Gelboros so that the two golden creatures could forever have a companion. Since the death of their original master it is said that the two creatures will appear to and aid an alchemist who they deem worthy before once again disappearing without a trace.

And process shots:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

COW 222 Walking Limb Disease

This horrifying condition was first documented when a former astronaut, misdiagnosed with restless leg syndrome, woke to find his arm detached and crawling around the room. Walking Limb Disease is believed to have come from alien pathogens picked up somewhere on the astronaut's travels but its exact place of origin has yet to be discovered. Once infected the symptoms are quite similar to restless leg syndrome until of course your afflicted limb detaches. The creature must gestate for several months before it is capable of detaching and surviving on its own, once it detaches it will continue to mutate to better suit its survival. Walking limb disease can affect both arms and legs, but thankfully there have only been a handful of far.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Alice Colored

Should have uploaded this a LONG time ago but I was still making a few tweaks to it and was mulling over editing it any more. Forgot about it for a bit and then realized I wasn't going to edit it anymore so I thought I should post it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Buggit Colored

Here is a full color version of my alien rabbit, also known as a "Buggit", from my previous turnaround. These are small, about the size of a medium to small earth rabbit, and pack hunters. They attack prey in groups similarly to piranha. One will quickly bite a chunk out of their victim and then dart away for the next buggit to jump in and take a bit, and the next, and the next so on and so forth till the prey animal is completely devoured.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Red Planet

Another picture where I tried to give more attention to the environment. I came up with the creature design first and then decided that it would be interesting and practical for a bright red creature to live on a planet where all the foliage is red. The creature in the image is an eyeless predator that hunts and communicates by body heat.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Mating Ritual

The sinuous-nosed rat gets its name from the shape of the males' preposterously long nostrils. Males remain brightly colored all year round thanks to their noxious saliva which they meticulously coat their fur with. Male rats use their nostrils in both threat displays against predators and during courtship. During the mating season males and female engage in a comical courtship dance. When a male and female meet the male rat will begin waving his nostrils rhythmically across the forest floor while making soft tooting noises. The female will then leap into the fray, dancing around the male's nostrils. If the male is impressed with the female's dancing and the female is impressed with the male's nasal movements they will mate. After mating the male will take the time to clean the female's fur saturating it with his poisonous saliva before he leaves her. The female is not effected by the toxins and has a little extra security against predators after most likely calling attention to herself during such a conspicuous mating ritual.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Furcapoda aitherios

Furcapoda aitherios is named for its forked legs and ethereal beauty. These spectacular creatures never leave the sky because their veins are full of a lighter than air liquid which keeps them eternally airborne. It is said that being int he presence of an aitherios induces feelings of euphoria and that these creatures have no predators simply because not even the most savage beasts are immune to the sight of their elegance. The aitherios are peaceful nectar feeders and will adopt a field or forest of flowers as their territory, and with their hypnotic beauty guard the delicate blossoms from anyone who would harm them.

The Karnicore

These brutal creatures are the apex predators of their home planet, and unlike most predators the karnicore doesn’t just kill for food, but also for pleasure. Karnicores are perfectly equipped to give anything they find a gruesome death. Their massive maws are filled with rows of dagger-like teeth, which are constantly regrowing. The karnicore’s jaws can snap bone, its rancid saliva is full of deadly bacteria and once it sinks its razor claws into its victims it will never let go. The karnicore is truly the ultimate predator of its land; the karnicore fears nothing, but everything fears the karnicore.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Creature of the Week Round 200! Choosing a New Mascot!

First, Happy New Year!

Second, right now round 200 of Creature of the Week is going on, it's a month long and the winner's creature will be the new mascot of COW! There are three different briefs; a creature of the land, sky and air. You can enter one of the three or all three, after the deadline each brief will have it's own individual finals thread, and once voting is closed the top 3 creature designs will be voted on to determine who will be the next mascot. Hopefully I explained that fairly well, it's all explained in greatest detail in the first post of this thread .

This round is going to be a lot of fun especially if there are a lot of participants so if you're at all interested I suggest entering and posting in the WIPs thread! The deadline is January 29th at 9:00pm PST (GMT-8)

So that this isn't a picture-less post here is the WIP of my land beast: