Slide 1: Rough Sketching - I begin by rough sketching out creature designs. Here you can see I was playing with a lot of different ideas in over a hundred loose sketches. This where I was still experimenting widely with how they would look.
Slide 2: Working One Design - Once I find one I like I continue to work on sketches reworking subtle details or playing with parts of the design. This is also usually the point where I begin in-depth research on the meanings and symbolism attached to the animals involved in the dual aspects of the creatures design.
Slide 3: Reworking the Design - In some cases I will scrap some aspects of the creature design that aren’t working – in this case the look of the fish side to my fox Familiar wasn’t really working for me. I went back to drawing board looking for inspiration from animal images and researching other animals symbolic meanings that I was drawn to or that might blend well with the fox who’s meanings include: cunning, patience, powers of observation, blending in, seeing both sides of something and walking in between in the gray areas. In the end I decided I still liked the fish meaning and symbolism; which includes creativity, good luck, transformation, and knowledge; but the design itself was the problem so after looking at different fish options I chose to take some aesthetic choices from Koi fish.
Slide 4: Creating a 2d Design Sheet - Once I’ve decided on the design I take it into illustrator and do a finished multiple view illustration. In this case I’m showing the basic outline, which is the sculpting layer, showing you the physical shape sans color.
Closing: As a General Fine Arts major focusing both on illustration and three-dimensional sculpture I want to explore the three dimensional in the form of small scale sculpture and toys beyond my involvement in illustration. This project is a marriage of my two forms of work in the 2D and 3D.