Sci­ence of Crea­ture De­sign & Prin­ci­ples of Crea­ture De­sign

Bea st foot for­ward One of Hol­ly­wood’s top crea­ture de­sign­ers re­veals the skills you need to fol­low in her foot­steps

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Au­thor Ter­ryl Whit­latch Pub­lisher De­sign Stu­dio Press Price £32 and £34 Web­sign­stu­dio­ Avail­able Now

As an il­lus­tra­tor who’s worked on crea­ture de­sign for big films, Ter­ryl Whit­lach is well placed to of­fer ad­vice and in­struc­tion on the sub­ject.

In Sci­ence of Crea­ture De­sign, she ex­am­ines the im­por­tance of anatomy as the cor­ner­stone of be­liev­able crea­ture de­sign, of­fer­ing ad­vice and her own draw­ings of mam­mals, fishes, rep­tiles, am­phib­ians and di­nosaurs. Com­pan­ion text Prin­ci­ples of Crea­ture De­sign puts this knowl­edge into prac­tice in cre­at­ing imag­i­nary an­i­mals. Ter­ryl ex­plains how her fan­tasy crea­tures are con­structed ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of anatomy, en­abling them to in­ter­act with the en­vi­ron­ment and other crea­tures real­is­ti­cally.

Nei­ther book con­tains tu­to­ri­als or walk­throughs. It’s more about an ex­am­i­na­tion of prin­ci­ples, us­ing ex­am­ples of the au­thor’s own work to help you make sense of them. The work is beau­ti­fully pre­sented, and we see how much of it pro­gresses from first sketches to fin­ished work. But both books are more like port­fo­lio art books with added tips, than com­pre­hen­sive in­struc­tion man­u­als.

Ter­ryl’s JakkoBeast takes its in­flu­ences from the Ben­gal tiger, snow leop­ard, bearded pigs and more.

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