I gave the creature a fancy latin name to make it seem like a real "scientifically classified" animal. It means "Sharp Sighted Hunter". I was trying to create something agile and deadly that had all sorts of senses. I wanted it to be able to hunt prey in all the unimaginable conditions an of alien rainforest, or James Cameron's brain.
I usually gravitate towards chunky cartoony lines, so this is just the second time I've really tried to realistically render the shit out of something digitally, the first being my Cthulhu. I made a lot of embarrassingly bad mistakes on that attempt, which I tried to avoid. For the most part I think it's a big leap forward.
I included 3 stages of development to show my overall thought process here.
So the client for this actually found me from this blog, he really like the "cool gorilla" sketch i did a while back and wanted something similar for his web site: http://www.rucksackguerilla.de/
Turns out he (Andy) was a really nice guy to work with, i believe he's from Germany, so it was also my first time getting paid in Euros ... neat! Thankfully paypal does the currency exchange on its own.
When he initially contacted me, i thought that the idea was pretty out there ... Fidel Castro kind of look, Popeye style arms, board shorts and a 'hang ten' sign with flips (no problem!) and a rucksack. Anyway, rather than try to corral his ideas to fit my own, i just ran with it and actually think that i interpreted his vision, rather than make it my own. It was fun doing it this way, and took some of the pressure off too. I'm happy w/ how this turned out, not sure when Andy will update the site, but i'm looking forward to it.
Here's a toy concept squirt gun... the idea was to have the water be illuminated to look like Lava... but I never finished the concept and then lost interest.. I can't bring myself to come back to it as I feel like it just turned into a lesson in applying textures. I've become wayyy too consumed with my other blog lately, and since I assume nobody reads this one anymore...
For those not familiar Lotería is a Mexican Bingo type game that uses little pictures instead of boring numbers and letters. Usually contains 54 cards in a deck. I managed to sketch 2 this week. I'm getting a little more practice free hand sketching on the tablet.