Character design is a favorite subject for many artists. Knowing what you’re doing while you’re at it is incredibly helpful. Find out more about this subject, and its close relative: Creature design.

Weird animal features – Part 3

Animals come in all shapes and forms. Each of them had millions of years to evolve into what they are now, and this shows them at their true potential for this era. Those that survive throughout time will evolve into sub-species or maybe even into something completely new. But what’s out there already is so diverse and so remarkable, that it’s more than worth it to check it out!

What is concept art

When I just started drawing I had a lot of difficulties understanding the difference between ‘normal’ art and concept art. To me, concept art more often than not looked finished and polished or fully rendered. While at the same time some specific art styles looked unfinished to me, or as something I’d expect to be a concept.
I know that with me there are far more people that don’t understand what concept art really is. And the truth is: You can’t tell by just looking at it. There is just one key ingredient to be able to tell if it’s concept art or not: Was it meant to serve as a concept or not.

Drawing NSFW art, pro’s and con’s

Thought about and discussed a lot, discussed about in a constructive way: Maybe not so much, and even less so by an artist that actually draws NSFW. It’s a sensitive subject, not only because of the subject, but for many other reasons as well. Many artists draw NSFW, most likely more than you think. But what can you expect? What do you have to keep in mind when you’re considering to get into NSFW art? And is this really what you want?

Weird animal features – Part 2

Weird animal features, things you may have heard of, or never knew before. In creature and character design it can add true interest to your design when it’s well thought through. Habitat, behavior, and diet play a great role in this. But there is so much more to animals that can add a whole new layer to them! And also to your story that’s built around them. So you better be aware of every weird animal feature out there!

Weird animal features – Part 1

The animal kingdom is full of weird specializations and features. A mutation happens and suddenly an animal has a different color, or a new feature. A stronger jaw, a higher top speed, you name it. Specializations are caused by little errors in the DNA of an individual. Most of these changes go completely undetected, but sometimes they’re very evident. More often than not this mutation doesn’t change much about the animal, but when it does it either means the demise of this animal, or success. And when success hits, this specific animal will likely be able to have more offspring than it’s other species members.