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    A few pictures from National Geographic on pollinating animals, some interesting forms and colours.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/20...mpaign=Content
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    Dinosaurs:
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/l...a/gallery.html (fast browsing)
    http://dinosaurs.findthedata.org/ (fast browsing, more details like weight, height etc.)
    http://www.anthrosaurs.com/ (slower browsing but a lot of details)
    http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/# (anatomy)
    Insects:
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 (brilliant site, tons of pictures, very detailed information)
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    http://animal.discovery.com/wild-animals (slower browsing but a lot of information)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/ (general information)
    http://a-z-animals.com/animals/pictures/ (quite fast browsing, detailed information)
    http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/index.asp (normal browsing speed, nice information)
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    A life time of topics, pick your favorite:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...antasy_fiction
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    Just a reminder to people about the existence of this thread! If you ever have difficulty coming up with a unique design remember the internet is full of references, and this thread allows people to share some of their favourite sites! Anyone is allowed to post in this thread, and you can basically post anything, anatomy, photos, news stories, concept art, anything; if you think a creature designer could benefit from it you can go ahead and post it here! Remember one of the most important aspects of design is having a good visual library, build off of what you know, observe and study and you can create limitless amounts of AWESOME!!

    And to practice what I preach, here are a few reference sites that I think may be of some interest:
    http://dtc.pima.edu/blc/183/14_183/s..._step4_p2.html
    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/tsunami-d...creatures.html
    http://www.lionfishlair.com/gregandr...rgallery.shtml
    http://sta.sh/01p1vcb6sp78
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/l...a/gallery.html

    Of course looking at other human creations helps as well:
    http://www.creaturespot.com/
    http://waynebarlowe.wordpress.com/
    http://www.pinterest.com/jeffreysims...ure-reference/

    I always seem to recommend these three Youtube channels for tutorials for those who are new to digital painting and creature design:
    a former COW artist gives some insight behind his own creature design techniques:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeCorriero
    general concept art videos going over various things based on the industry as a whole, but it does include creature stuff as well:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL
    another former COW artist, not much in terms of creatures but useful for those who are just starting to grasp digital painting:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ctrlpainter


    This can be fun and useful as well:
    http://crimsondaggers.com/forum/thread-1241.html
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    Here's a site with info on over two hundred creatures from Japanese folklore.
    (Let's be honest: Japan is your one-stop shop for all sorts of... peculiar stuff.)

    http://yokai.com/
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