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Mechanika, Revised and Updated by Doug Chiang

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Designing a Creature

Alien

I’ve always been intrigued by ants and other tiny insects. For this demo, I use ants as a starting point to drive the design of an alien creature. However, even though it’s alien, it’s important to make sure the design doesn’t become so alien and grotesque that it is unreadable. One solution to this dilemma is to give the creature personality. In this case, I did it by giving the being a recognizable head.

Tools

Surface

Premium white 28-lb. (105gsm) color copier paper, 11" × 17" (28cm × 43cm)

Markers

Cool Grey 30%, 50%, 60%, 70%

Other

Computer with Adobe Photoshop

Daler-Rowney Pro White opaque watercolor paint

Fine-tip black pen

Pointed round kolinsky sable brush, 116" (2mm) diameter

STEP 1: Free-Form Sketching ...

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