Designing the Dragon – Research

We are going to base the design of the dragon around one of Clare’s concept designs. (Seen Below) The dragon has some cool looking crystals coming from it’s back to add extra personality and interest. We will be adding wings also and looking into some creatures which are similar in structure to help us when designing the base mesh.

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Clare done some research and came across the Komodo dragon which is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands. this dragon might be quite good reference when designing the shape of the dragons face, along with the limbs and tail etc…

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As you can see from its face it does look like a typical dragon you would see in a movie although a little smoother in general. Great reference for the design of the head. The images below are also good reference.

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Terryl Whitlatch

Terryl Whitlatch is an amazing creature artist who specialises in designing fantastic creature design. She has superb knowledge of animal anatomy and this results in designs which look anatomically correct. I have watched a lot of her videos in the past and read through a few of her articles in various magazines. Whitlatch has produced some dragon-like creatures seen below, some reference can be taken from these designs. It’s amazing the amount of inspiration she gets from studying zoological references.

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I love this colour scheme used above, it is quite similar to that of a Monster that is in my favourite old PS1 game called Wildarms..(see below) Maybe Clare and I could use similar colours to these for our dragon design.

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Wildarms – Play Station one – back in the day 😉

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References

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/surprising-facts-about-komodo-dragons

http://www.clear-creative.co.uk/print/advertising/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/g/green-iguana/

Inc., I. (2017). Creatures of Amalthea Landing Page. [online] Imagination International Inc. Available at: https://imaginationinternationalinc.com/creatures-of-amalthea/ [Accessed 30 Nov. 2017].

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