Mentee--Boedromios and S!R, for now
Alright guys, this is the official start of my mentorship. The goal is to learn more about animal anatomy and use that knowledge when designing your own creatures. I will be giving out exercises for you guys to follow, and we'll be having group discussions and critiques when the work is handed in. I'll be doing some of the assignments as well, to share my learning experience.
It's will be important to study through all groups of animals, living or exict, even plants. Knowing a thing or two about each group of animals will help you come up with a greater varity of creature concepts. We will start with invertebrates and work our way up the evolutionary tree. We'll be focused more on vertebrates, since they tend to have more complicated body plans. You will be doing both live drawings and working from photo references. Specific exercises are yet to be fully designed.
I would also like to mention that Moai, a good fellow artist has started a mentorship like this. So if you are willing and time allows, you could also be following some of his assignments and discussions. More practice wouldn't hurt. I'll be following that thread as well, so you are welcome to post some extra stuff in this thread and I'll be happy to give you some of my thoughts.
Finally, the first "Assignment":
1. Do a brief introduction of yourself.
2. List two animal(s) that you like to draw. It can be two species or two groups of animal. But be rather specific, at least down to "family" level. For example: I like to draw cats (from lions to kitties) and great white shark.
3. Post two creature concepts of your own, that you believe best reflects your skill level as of now.
Boedromios--I see you don't have a sketchbook thread? Please start one in the sketchbook forum so we can all view your work more easily.
It shouldn't take much time. Oh and I'll introduce myself.
My name is Kevin Yan. I am a freelance illustrator just out of school. I hope to become a concept artist someday, but I don't have what it takes yet. I like drawing animals a lot, especially dinosaurs. I used to draw them everyday.
OK folks, that's it for now, hope to hear from you soon.