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Rakio Croc

A quick concept of a hulking rough skinned brute. I imagine the Rakio Croc would be a slow moving scavenger that uses its size to intimidate others while it dines on rotting carcases, though its head and mouth are quite small in comparison to its body. Produced this during LiveStream sessions. Some inspiration came from Greg Broadmore's Kong work..which btw Greg start posting on here please ;)


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Reader Comments (12)

you are a god amongst other gods!

I love how you outlined the creature.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercody

this is so badass mike. man, i'd love to sculpt that thing!

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGio Nakpil

I'd like to hear the sounds they make. I would imagine it to be somewhere between a wild boar and a bull dog. hehe

Beautiful work! I always love the textures you use in your work.

August 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterBrynn Metheney

one of my favorite designs of yours
rendering and everything came out great.

August 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterDavi Blight

great creature design :)
love the texture of the whole piece and really like how you handled the background and how it suggests his environment without taking away from the creature

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoverine

Cody - Thanks man, not sure I deserve such praise but it's appreciated ;)
The outlining highlights was the part I picked up from a few of Broadmore's pieces..

Gio - Thanks. If you have the time and want to.. Go for it ;) I'd love to see your rendition of it in 3D

Brynn - Thanks. He does have a bit of a bulldog stance going on doesn't he? lol Davi could probably produce a sound for him. I started this guy a bit differently than how I normally work..the way I used some photo textures of wood and stone as a base before rendering the skin texture. Too bad livestream had an error with the 1st recording.

Davi - thanks man. I didn't notice the difference in color/value until after I watched some of the livestream playbacks, compared to posting the final here. It seems it's lighter, less saturated and less contrast in value in livestream.

Joverine - thanks man. Yea, without a background I wouldn't have gotten the same lighting effect, but I also didn't want to paint a full on environment/scene. Glad you like it.

August 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike Corriero

That is a dizzying library of brushes you have there. ;)
Great creature design as usual. The rim lighting looks great as does the background that nicely frames it.

August 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Thomas - yea I just collect them, but rarely use more than 2 or 3 brushes. I just like to have the occasional interesting custom brush that might come in handy on a painting for whatever reason.
Glad you like the design and rim lighting, I need to push my lighting a lot more..I was getting too used to painting on pure white backgrounds and I think it was hurting how I portrayed light.

August 24, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike Corriero

Interesting shapes and proportions. I like the bulldoggish bluntness and stubbiness. I also like how the linework can be seen peaking through in several places.
Those flower-like tufts on its hindquarters are an interesting feature. If you don't mind some speculative zoology on my part, I would guess those to be mating displays. When a female becomes receptive, perhaps the tufts become brighter and give of scents or pheromones to attract a male. I don't imagine these creatures as being incredibly bright, or as having good eyesight, so the males might need this help when it comes to finding a girl.:)

August 26, 2009 | Registered CommenterCory Trego-Erdner (Moai)

Yea..the linework peaking through was part of the rush job on this. I think maybe it was about 2 and a half hours or less of painting. Usually I would try to cover up all the linework but in this case I don't think it mattered.
The back end tufts you're referring to were sort of an offhand element added to the creature that was purely aesthetic but yea it could be for mating reasons as it surely wouldn't serve any other purposes except for looks. Kind of like the scales start shedding off toward the back but are held/cling on via stringy portions of skin or something. I don't have the Zoology knowledge you have ;) Glad you like this guy

August 28, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike Corriero

I adore your website – nice job!

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercloud backbone

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