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, 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!
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.
Knowing where to go when you want to become a self-taught artist isn’t easy. Some people choose to base all their knowledge on one artist or one course. I recommend though to look up several artists. Learn to see things in different perspectives, and see what fits you best at that time.