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
Author Terryl Whitlatch Publisher Design Studio Press Price £32 and £34 Web www.designstudiopress.com 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.