Monster Hunter style Venusaur to go with my Charizard. I figure he burrows into the forest floor to lure in unsuspecting hunters. He also has spore pods on his arms that he can shake to afflict hunters randomly with poison, sleep, or paralysis. I may do Blastoise and armors for these guys if you like them.
I was browsing through some of my old art the other day and found this little gem. So I did a quick sketch update of the concept. The original was from summer 2007, which seems way more recent than it actually is. Drawing an alien cerberus was a good way to celebrate graduating high school I guess.
Anyways, I wanted to work more on the updated one, but I’ve got no time for it.
lenkalamari said: hey man. any recommended books on ancient creature anatomy/general facts?
One of my go to books on creature anatomy in general is Animals Real and Imagined. It has a really solid primer on many animals including a few dinosaurs. The World of Kong is an excellent creature book, filled with many made up critters inspired by ancient animals. If by ancient animals you specifically are referring to dinosaurs, then there are many great resources on the internet. Scott Hartman is almost the gold standard for dinosaur skeletals. This online lecture from artist David Krentz has a ton of solid information as well.
As far as tips of my own: When designing ancient creatures, remember that they are still animals. Look towards modern animals for inspiration for behavior and color patterns. Also always be aware of how wildly different some animals look compared to their skeleton. Consider how different elephant skeletons look when compared to their fleshy counterpart without the giant ears and trunk. I hope this sorta answers what you were looking for.