5 Creature Creation, Start to Finish!
See how Emily develops a creature that’s filled with life and character…
A Rough ideas
Most of my creature ideas begin with a very rough thumbnail. I prefer to use a very large 5.6mm heavy mechanical pencil by Koh-I-Noor, which stops me getting obsessed with detail. I wanted to create something darkly mischievous with this guy.
B Watercolour sketch
My next step from thumbnail is sketching with watercolour. Instead of damaging the watercolour paper, which is very easy to do with lots of erasing of pencil lines, I use a fine brush (my favourite is size 3 Series 7 Winsor & Newton sable) and using a light wash I draw the creature directly onto the paper.
C Improving on the initial concept
In the case of this Darkling Glib creature, I didn’t quite capture the dark and creepy nature of the initial rough thumbnail. However, I was really pleased with the result. With any furry creature it’s worth taking the time to slowly build up layers of washes for the fur.