Step-by-step: Bring out the beast!

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1 Ges­ture draw­ing is the foun­da­tion on which the whole paint­ing de­pends, so do it as many times as you need un­til that scrib­ble be­comes a scary mon­ster. Move the shoul­ders around, lower the head… experiment aplenty. These should be fast and loose so you can crank ’em out.

2 You can use light­ing to ac­cen­tu­ate the sil­hou­ette, which should re­lay the no­tion that this thing isn’t hu­man. Here I’ve given him a tri­an­gu­lar head, am­phibi­ous fin­gers and the lower body of a snake to ham­mer it home, Then I back-light both char­ac­ters so he reads fairly easily.

3 Ex­ag­ger­ate the threat. One of the rea­sons I’ve given Slippy here such a large jaw is so he could fit that girl’s en­tire head in his mouth. That’s not to say he will (she may have su­per pow­ers, we don’t know un­til he goes for it), but ex­ag­ger­at­ing the threat cre­ates more ten­sion.

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