The storyline of Flax is an important part of creating a good concept for a story. Although little was known about her or the story beforehand, the concepts helped to develop said story and took it into directions nobody thought of before.
Concept art has many facets. One of the most important ones is storytelling. Your concept could just be of a generic creature someone could get across, but won’t think more of. Or a leading one, like Flax, a prominent mount in the storyline. Both types have a clear overlap in how you should approach them. Habitat should be taken into account as well as functional anatomy based on their habitat and behavior. But there is way more to a character or creature that has a prominent place in a story. And Flax, a Lutherial Vixen is a good example of that.
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!
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.
11 tips for creating your own creature design will help you in the right direction when you’re looking to become a creature designer, or want to broaden your expertise with creature design.
Learn about the importance of environment, behavior, anatomy, storytelling and more!