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Monday
Nov222010

Alphabestiary beasties

The Angha, commonly known as the Simurgh, from Persian mythology.

She's a benevolent fertility figure who hangs out in Hom, the Tree of Life. She's so old she's seen the world destroyed three times over, and knows all knowledge. She figures heavily in Sufi poetry as a manifestation of God, but was culturally assimilated into the Arabic tradition and became known as the Roc. Aspects of her also resemble the phoenix.

this is an entry for the Alphabestiary blog: [link]

Not too happy with this one, I lost my job last week, and in the jumble, I lost the large-sized file of this drawing. Slapped a quick color pass on, and there ya go! D:

The Bush Dai Dai is a succubus-like creature from the Afro-Caribbean tradition of Guyana. she prowls around the camps around Guyanese mines and seduces the miners into the woods, where she has her way with them, transforms into a terrible hybrid beast, and eats them.

The Dai Dai is classified as a Jumbee, a categorization of evil spirits of the Caribbean. These spirits are unique in that they draw on African, Amerindian, East Indian, Dutch, English, and even Chinese mythology. Crazy!

another quick-color pass critter. meh.

Monday
Nov222010

Finlathian YinYang

 

another creature done and not submitted in time for a cghub contest D: - the prompt was to make two creatures dependent on each other locked in a symbiotic life, from "birth".
kinda sorta.

my concept was that the two creatures - the giant prow-headed walker and the lumpy tentacley sac - are born together but that the sac is initially an internal digestive organ. it's the product of an internalized parasite that has reached symbiosis over the millenia.

after a quick and violent juvenile period as ground-layer scavengers, the young prow-head reaches physical maturity and rockets into a gargantuan size. during this time, however, it stops feeding altogether.

the stream of hormones essentially aggrandizes the sac-creature and it grow splits the skin and becomes the primary feeding organ for the prow-head. this enables the prow-head to sustain its huge bulk safely from the height of the canopy, and the sac-creature to have a safe vessel to transport itself with.

i didnt quite work it all out - reproduction was a mess i didnt want to tangle with, lol.
but i ran out of time. alas.

 

Monday
Nov222010

Creature Concept - "Deities of the Primal Ocean"

Hello everyone!

This is my first post on CREATURE SPOT. My name is Maury Ruiz, and I work as a concept artists mostly dealing with creature design. I'm glad to be apart of this site and will be posting more soon. Thanks again...

This is a somewhat quick creature concept I created in ZBrush. I created the composite and colored it in photoshop, as well as the background/layout.

There is some Naga influence here: 

The nagas are an ancient race of semi divine serpent creatures beings first depicted in ancient Vedic Hindu mythology and oral folklore from at least 5000 B.C.

Stories involving the Nagas are omnipresent in Hindu and Buddhist mythology and still very much a part of contemporary cultural traditions in predominantly Hindu (India, Nepal, and the island of Bali) and Buddhist (Sri-Lanka and South-East Asia) regions of Asia. Both regions have birthed numerous legends about the fabled race of Nagas and their sometimes benevolent, sometimes wrathful, interactions with the creatures of both heaven and earth.

Enclosure

Monday
Nov222010

Swamp Dragon 

Hi there !
Here is a concept sculpting of a creature that i design. The Swamp Dragon.
He has a broad tail for swiming, short legs to stay at low profile in shallow waters.He can't fly, his wings are more for protection and to threaten any predadors or competition for territory or female.
He also have some small depressions in the lateral of his necks that serve for sense the eletro-magnetic field of his preys in the water.
I started with some 2d sketches, than i went for zbrush all the way ( sculpting, polypaint and render), final comp in photoshop.
Hope you like !

Monday
Nov222010

'Sup?!

It's been way too long since I posted a critter on here, and since I recently found out again how much fun a simple pencil and piece of paper can be I figured I'd do a sketch of a critter. There's not really much thought that went into this piece, other than that I wanted to give it a bit of a pose with attitude :P 

Don't think I'll do a fully shaded background anytime soon anymore though, it's a pain to shade with a small pencil... 

 

Thursday
Nov182010

latest bits and bobs

A few bits of artwork that have kept me busy of late.

 

This guys made from Super Sculpey and Sculpey firm mixed 50\50 and is roughly

12" tall.

 

 Maya and zbrush

 

Zbrush and Maya 

   

 

 

Wednesday
Nov172010

Trying something new

Trying to find ways to break out of my normal creature design niches that i constantly draw from.

Hope you enjoy.

The lore of this creature is based upon the idea that this humanoid creature was often found in the middle east and was called "the childern of the dragon", yet had no actual relationship to dragons. They actually took strong offense to the saying as they were proud of their race and didn't wish to be associated with the dragons which they found to be ignorant beasts, such as man would protest being called apes.

Tuesday
Nov162010

Alien bust.

How original! yet another alien bust.:)

Monday
Nov152010

The Henrich Emille Cuboids

“A series of ancient black granite-like sentient cuboids, found in the ruins of a pre-human structure in Northern Sabha, Africa, by Robert Emille and Herbert Henrich. Made from an unknown exotic mineral. In one side of each cuboid is a coiled hole. by looking into the hole, it is immediately noticeable that the internal space is larger than the outside. Exposure to these objects causes conical shaped holes to open in the flesh. Known as Foris spiralis crystallina or Coil Syndrome. These wounds appear to occupy other planes of reality, not unlike the space within the cuboids.”

 

More pictures and story at alexcf.com

Just a quick note to say that I am looking for a new studio to work from in East London, If anyone has a space or knows of a space please get in touch at alex.cf(at)hotmail.co.uk.

I am also looking to take my work to a new medium of interactive experience. I am looking for hands on working, maquettes, set design etc. This is a passion project, so no cash as of yet but if it works out, who knows. If you are interested in getting involved, email me at the above email. cheers! alex

 

 

Monday
Nov152010

Rotten Soul Thug

 

Just a pic I did to have a break from painting harder stuff..

 

Sunday
Nov142010

Succubus #1

Saturday
Nov132010

Weird Monster, Fabulous Shoes

Friday
Nov122010

Cephalophant Monster

The latest creature from my sketchbook...

Thursday
Nov112010

oldie...

 

found this while cleaning up...old old pic of painted dino guy. I dunno..it's something.

Thursday
Nov112010

W.I.P.

A new 6 inches tall bust i'm working on.