This 50-page eBook, created by Mike Corriero for 3DTotal, covers all areas of creature design, providing you with the necessary information to create your own unique concepts from scratch. Each lesson touches upon a specific important aspect of what turns just an average creature into a great one. Advice is also given on what to stay away from, in order to steer clear of making a bad design or just a dull creature in general.
Over the six chapters, you'll gradually obtain a reference library stretching from the basics in animal anatomy to much more complex ways of exploring what is actually possible and plausible, or what would be considered thinking "outside the box”. There really are no limits to what is considered a conceptual creature; there are only distinctions between naturalistic designs (which are generally more plausible designs based upon rules) and what would be considered alien or even magical creatures (which are endless in the limitation of ideas).
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: 3DTotal.com Ltd
: Mike Corriero
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In the opening chapter we cover the basics for all creature design, discussing relative anatomy to that of mammals, fish, insects, dinosaurs, vertebrates and invertebrates. Both existing and extinct animals are considered, as well as the relationship between various sized animals and how they all fit into designing an imaginary creature.
In this chapter, we explore how to create naturalistic, imaginary creatures by drawing on similar aspects of design and anatomy that exist in real-world animals. A naturalistic approach to creature design abides by certain rules to coincide with that of true animal anatomy. Naturalistic creatures are unique and original designs, but they stick to the traits of each class type, be it mammal, bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, insect, crustacean or arachnid.
This chapter covers a quick design process for producing a group of thumbnail sketches and refining one of them, before moving onto weight distribution and how the size of an animal or its design structure affects how its body plan is laid out.
This chapter looks at the head of a creature or animal, which is the most important because it contains the essential elements that the creature needs to survive, show emotion and it also builds character. Some of the most vital organs, such as eyes, ears, the nose and mouth, make up the head of a creature. It's through the manipulation and plausible construction of these elements that you give life to an interesting design.
The focal point of this chapter is on the variation between body types and body structures. Each design can be categorized into its own sub-category in which the creature can contain a similar body type but the structure may differ from one to the next. An example of this in real life would be apes, monkeys and gorillas. They all follow a similar body plan but each have their own distinct body structure, with their own unique skeleton and muscle design.
The final chapter of this eBook covers how color and patterns affect the aspect of design and the original idea behind the concept. We also look at a few step by step shots on the finalization of two fully colored, rendered and detailed creatures.
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Customer Reviews (11)
Really good ebook. You really get a detailed grasp of the foundations of creature design!Review by christian(Posted on 02/07/2018)
This ebook has many genre applications (sci fi, fantasy, etc). Take your time and absorb the information it will definitely payoff. Review by JL(Posted on 19/06/2018)
The book delves into each topic with precision and care for its intended audienceReview by Fred(Posted on 14/06/2018)
Totally worth it
Great book for either beginners and more experienced artists who want to grasp creature design.Review by Alex Cobra(Posted on 15/05/2018)
Very informative and inspiring for anyone wanting to delve deeper into creature design. Would definitely recommend!Review by Charlotte(Posted on 12/01/2018)
This will help any beginner to understand the mind set you should put your self in to learn the process of creature design! Review by Pat(Posted on 26/05/2016)
Concise guide to creature painting
This (e)book offers a very nice and concise guidance for the creation of both naturalistic and fantastic creatures. As other reviewers have noted, experienced artists may find that more varying styles could have been explored; students and hobbyists just starting with the subject, however, are likely to find this book to be a solid introduction.Review by Sebastian(Posted on 05/05/2016)
I'm a 3D artist with knowledge of human anatomy. This book provided for me the knowledge to transport human anatomy skills to creature design. So I would recommend it for people doing 3D as well, as long as they have a basic understanding of their tools since they need to apply the book's knowledge to 3D themselves.Review by Robin(Posted on 05/04/2016)
The e-book was good
The e-book was good for basics and was a good place to start to grasp an understanding of how things work, or could work.Â Though I think it could have delved into different styles or approaches a bit more, as some people may prefer a particular approach that may be slightly different. Review by Fiona Chan(Posted on 25/08/2010)
Straight forward view!
A straight forward and informative view on creature creation. A great point of reference for any concept artist! Review by Sean Rupert(Posted on 16/08/2010)
I enjoyed this ebook
I enjoyed this ebook. It's an overview of creature design, very clear and easy to follow. It helps you understand what makes a creature a creature, and how to design naturalistic as well as made-up creatures. I think it's great for students of character and creature design. Professionals on the subject may also find useful as a refresher. Review by Segun Mosuro(Posted on 16/08/2010)