Step-by-step: Paint a fam­ily of ex­tra-ter­res­tri­als

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1 Choose the look of a ma­ture adult first. Are there males and fe­males, or does re­pro­duc­tion not need that? I pick a male in his prime and add pat­terns, colours and fea­tures I can use to help sug­gest dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. Mak­ing him an up­right biped helps view­ers make as­so­ci­a­tions I can use as well, even if he ob­vi­ously isn’t hu­man. 2 I use that biped as­so­ci­a­tion to sketch a ju­nior ver­sion us­ing what we know about hu­man pro­por­tions through child­hood and old age. I sketch a smaller ver­sion of the adult with a larger head, shorter tail and less- de­vel­oped plant-like fea­tures. Then I sketch an aged ver­sion, slightly hunched, rather tat­tered and worn. 3 Us­ing the adult as a mid- point, I colour the younger and older ver­sions based on a logic of the life- cy­cle. The young­ster’s coloura­tion evokes sapling plants, but also per­haps the need for cam­ou­flage to avoid preda­tors while it’s small and vul­ner­a­ble. The el­derly ver­sion ref­er­ences those that have with­ered and lost their bright colours.

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