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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR

CHARACTER AND CREATURE DESIGN

While we hope these resources get you started in the right direction, but by no means do they represent the entire spectrum of those available to you.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

These are the websites, tutorials, books and other media that we think every aspiring artist ought to know about. Start here when looking for help.

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  • Creature Workshop
    with Dominic Qwek
    Why We Like It
    Dominic Qwek's masterful skill with 3D is explained with examples to get anyone on their way to sculpting their own creature designs.
  • Futuristic Character Design
    with Maciej Kuciara
    Why We Like It
    Maciej shows you his process from concept to finished illustration of a futuristic character design while using a variety of techniques.
  • Character Design Course
    with Aaron Blaise
    Why We Like It
    Aaron Blaise uses his knowledge as a former Disney character artist to create compelling human and animal characters, while explaining his development process.
  • Visual Storytelling
    with Iain McCaig
    Why We Like It
    Iain McCaig crafts each video segment while giving great insight into his picture making process starting from initial sketches.
  • The Mechanic
    with Donato Giancola
    Why We Like It
    Donato Giancole goes through the complete process of a traditional oil painting while sharing his knowledge of picture making.
  • Creature Design Vol. 1-4
    with Terryl Whitlatch
    Why We Like It
    Terryl Whitlatch demonstrates through volumes 1-4 on how to create fantastic and unbelievable creates based on commonly known animals.
  • Anthony Jones Painting Techniques
    Gumroad Page
    Why We Like It
    Anthony Jones (A.K.A. Robotpencil) shows you his process and techniques of digitally painting character and creature designs.
  • Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art
    with Drew Struzan
    Why We Like It
    Drew Struzan shows us his entire process of creating an iconic poster.
  • Science of Creature Design: Understanding Animal Anatomy
    with Terryl Whitlatch
    Why We Like It
    Terryl Whitlatch explains how animal anatomy can be reapplied for successful creature designs.

PAID STREAMING TUTORIAL VIDEOS


Tutorial videos are a great way to learn new skills in tandem with your main education. Artistic progress is measured in slow, steady improvements in your work and work ethic. Even if you only learn one new thing from a tutorial video, you are still headed in the right direction.

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FREE STREAMING TUTORIAL VIDEOS


Tutorial videos are a great way to learn new skills in tandem with your main education. Artistic progress is measured in slow, steady improvements in your work and work ethic. Even if you only learn one new thing from a tutorial video, you are still headed in the right direction.

ALL
ANATOMY
BRAND NEW!
CHARACTERS
CREATURES
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3D

BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND PRINTED PUBLICATIONS


Printed media is not dead! There is so much knowledge documented within the pages of books and magazines. Use them to your advantage.