Saturday, February 18, 2012

Overdue Update

Heeeey it's been awhile hasn't it?
School has been nice and busy lately with preparing for our summer internships, I have applied to a few places but we'll see if I hear back! *crosses fingers*
Anyhow here are some drawings of tigers, and my attempt at line-less digital painting. As well, I brought my Botany for the Artist book to school and was inspired by the beautiful renderings to create critters based off of a pitcher plant, a pinecone, and various types of fungi.

So I felt like drawing a sea horse dragon hybrid and thought of some fun facts to go along with him, so here we go... This sea dragon acts much like a typical sea horse, but is about the size of a Great White. Using its tail, it will grasp rocks and thanks to the spikes, it can hang onto the most slippery of surfaces. Despite its size, the sea dragon feeds on only small fish and octopi. When faced with another sea dragon or predator, the boney plates on its chest open to reveal a swollen, bright red belly with black markings. This feature is likely to frighten attackers or impress a female.

A wyvern and a harpy

This guy is based off a pinecone and here is a little bit about my design decisions.
I gave it chunky, curved claws so it would be able to dig up bugs, bulbs, and any vegetable gardens it comes across. This medium dog-sized critter has boney plates that are almost like a mane. When relaxed the plates are flattened but when threatened, they stand on end and flare out like a shield. If the attacker doesn't get the message the pinecone critter will rattle the plates along its neck or attack with its tail.

To the left is a fungi critter that lives in deep forests (think rainforests of British Columbia) or wet caves as it can't survive in direct sunlight. It likes to spend its days sleeping and soaking up moisture, and when it's not lazing like a sloth, it feeds off algae by still waters or off trees. This creature will move away from any threat it hears, but if cornered, parts of its body will combust and throw a spore cloud out at the attacker, giving the creature time to escape. This could choke the attacker, but if they survive they will be sick for a couple days until the spores are out of their system. 

To the right is a creature that acts just like a pitcher plant. Using its bright tongue it lures in small nectar feeding birds and bugs. Using its long serpentine body, this creature hangs from branches and thanks to its wings, it's able to relocate to new areas. This creature will try to travel as little as possible as it can't defend itself from predators.

And last but not least... Tigers!! Just playing around with designs, and below is my attempt at line-less photoshop work. I think i'll have another go at line-less work during this long weekend, it was fun and challenging. 

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