On Friday I had the great pleasure of going to a workshop with Terryl Whitlatch, well known for her Star Wars creature designs. The first half of the day was a lecture on animal anatomy where she took a design she had made and broke down it’s skeletal structure and muscle structure. The last half of the day we were given an assignment to design a creature from a far away planet that had adapted to a desert climate or an arctic climate.
I chose to design a cheetah like feline that had evolved to run on it’s hind legs much like a raptor.
After I designed the outside appearance of the animal, I took it to Ms. Whitlatch to see if she could help me figure out how the leg and arm muscle structure would work. She did a simple drawover that showed me where the muscles attach and how they would flex or contract and using that information along with some cat reference I designed the skeleton and the muscle layer.
It was a great workshop and I’d recommend taking it from her if you have the chance.
Also, in doing a post class search for her art I came across this: Tales of Almathea.
It’s an online training course in creature design. By registering you get access to a free lecture which is amazingly thorough. The rest of the lectures look to be about $10 each. Pretty fair price for the information she’s giving. I’d recommend this as a great supplement for anyone studying to go into concept design.