Mix it up with your creature designs
Creatures are everywhere: in popular culture, folklore and mythology, but also in real life. Often the wildlife programmes you see on the BBC are weirder than sci-fi. Use these relatable elements in your designs. Mix a siren with an octopus: you get Ursula from the Little Mermaid. In this project, my villains are mutated religious fanatics. The first one uses elements from an angel, a butterfly and a Roman emperor, while the second borrows from a horn of plenty, a shellfish and a termite queen.
Often the wildlife programmes that you see on the BBC channels are weirder than science fiction