Our imagination would leave a lot to desire if not for our surroundings. There would be nothing for us to imagine if we didn’t see it somewhere before. A true artist can take what already exists and make something better or more beautiful from it. Mother nature is a great tool to achieve just that.
Science and evolution are two closely related subjects when it comes to life. It will help you to understand the world around us better, which in turn will help with your designs!
Weird features of the plant kingdom is an awesome series that will inspire any artist that’s involved in drawing characters, creatures, or environments. Here we tackle the strange looking and the strange acting in the animal kingdom. Enjoy reading!
Art is nothing without inspiration, and where better to get inspiration from than from mother nature? So here we are again, with the 4th part of weird animal features! Even if you don’t draw creature designs, there are enough opportunities to use features like those below in your character designs or maybe even other designs! Think of special armor when it comes to the tunnel blocking feature. Or weapons, building designs, you name it!
We are part of nature and we need nature in every way, shape, and form to improve ourselves and our craft.
If you thought the animal kingdom was strange, try the kingdom of the plant. Especially terrestrial species had much more time to evolve into what they are now than any fully terrestrial animal species ever had. When mosses like the liverwort started to take over the land, it took quite some time before aquatic animals started to take on a terrestrial life permanently.
It is believed that liverwort, the first species that could live on land, did so 476 million years ago. The first independent terrestrial animal is thought to have moved on land 450 million years ago, Now, 27 million years look like nothing over a period of nearly 500 million years, but humans, or more specifically: primitive Homo sapiens first appeared 300.000 years ago. So terrestrial plant life has an advantage of more than 475 million years over people and 27 million over terrestrial animals. That is 90x the time it took for humans to evolve from primitive homo sapiens to what we are today. Take the modern homo sapiens and we’re talking about 200.000 years back in time.
We as a species are just a blip, animals though, or plants… That’s a whole different story.
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!