How can I learn to paint a more impressive snarling beast?
Answer Mike replies
Whenever you’re painting a creature that’s showing a facial reaction, it’s important to understand what’s happening beneath the surface. The skull of the creature is a good starting point to figuring out how the musculature is constructed. The muscles of the face and the topical surface anatomy are what cause the reaction you see. So when I’m painting an angrylooking creature, I’m taking into account all of the muscles and folds of skin building up as they pull back and contract. The skull itself doesn’t change in position if a creature is simply snarling with its teeth clenched.
The amount of wrinkles, muscles groups and skin pulled back revealing the teeth, gums and the overall expression are all based on the type of creature and the facial muscles. So when researching, I’ll look at the anatomy of humans, bears, big cats, canines and other animals that are capable of making that snarling expression. It helps to understand why an animal snarls in the first place and which real-world animals usually exhibit such behaviour, too.
I want to depict an ominous fantasy beast snarling with elements similar to bears and felines, but with a bit of a twist in its bone structure.