Creating a pleasing balance in your artwork is key. Not just because this is pleasing to the eye, but also because it’s the ultimate test when it comes to art fundamentals. When you understand your art fundamentals, creating a pleasing balance will still be a challenge, but should be fairly easy to achieve. In this article, we will run through the thing you have to keep in mind when it comes to creating said balance.
As we all know: Time can fly. And boy, did Life to Legend fly! This is the first bi-annual update for Life to Legend of 2023 so let’s have a look back and into the future! Where do we stand now? What are the plans? What has changed?
I have to say that when I started the precursor to Life to Legend, called Wildlife and Creature design, I didn’t foresee what it now 3 years in the future would look like. But since starting with Life to Legend on the 9th of January 2021, it’s shaping up nicely in the direction I intended it to! Something I’m extremely happy about of course! And something I couldn’t have done without all of you readers and supporters! So Thank you!
Stay tuned, because real soon Life to Legend will have a brand new course available! It’s about time that the next step is taken and we will do so through Skillshare, at least to begin with. Here you will learn how to draw multiple animals from references, and we go deeper into specifics like how to draw fur, feathers, paws and claws, eyes, and so on.
Using exaggeration in your creature design, or even in character design is a little secret that will help you communicate your idea and add interest to your design greatly. It’s that big hooked nose with a mole on it that tells you someone is a witch. The big horns on a creature communicate that it can be a hard hitter. Flashy colors that communicate that the mating season has started or that the creature is toxic. You name it, everything that is ‘extreme’ in shapes, colors, contrasts, and so on, could be a tool. So, how do you use that properly?
Anatomy is one of these things many people are allergic to. So, why is learning anatomy for creature design so important? The simple answer is: It’s an art fundamental. The more complex answer we will discuss in this article. Getting a hang of the why and how will probably make you a bit more excited about this much-dreaded art fundamental. It’s fun to learn really, that is if you have a solid grip on what you’re supposed to learn and why. Thankfully, anatomy is not repetitive. This makes it really awesome to learn once you put your mind to it.