Monday, 24 May 2010

beasts and a wier

Just been concentrating on the creature concepts again, nothing new to report really. Here in england were having some amazing weather so it's been BBQ's pretty much all the time.

Went swimming in the local park the other day and jumped off a wier, bashed my foot of a rock and had to go A'n'E..

Thursday, 20 May 2010


Had a few days off work so I've been drawing quite alot lately. Found out during the week that these concepts I'm doing are in a genre called Speculative Biology, so there we have it, there Speculative Biological representations.

I think I prefer my own coin 'Fictional Natural History'.

Anyway, to quit rambling Im also steadily working away on Realms of Renth, and calling some old project hero's to arms aswell. The latest concepts can be found Here.

The genus Veloxicus is characterised by a powerfully built body crowned by a rather small head for the creatures size, this how ever is an adaptation rather than an evolutionary throwback. V.Magnus is a predator designed for high speed chases and precision strikes to vital areas of a preys body.

V.Magnus is a solitary animal, unlike its cousin V.Letum it prefers to stalk the nutrient plains where it is an adept at prying up the plates of animals belonging to the Loricatus genus, this highly specialised diet has lead to an almost exclusive diet, and consequently this sub species is able to grow to larger lengths of up to 9 inches.breeding co-incides with the anual flush of zoo plankton that appears on the nurtient plains, the protein rich plankton are absorbed by both nutrient feeders and V.Magnus alike as hungry females bulk up in preperation for breeding.Males typically gather harems of two to three individuals and will defend these mates viciously, with rival male encounters often resulting in extra feed for the victorious males harem.

V.Letum are social animals that bond for life, and also display limited parental tendancies, primarily in the form of guarding the chosen nursery pool from any outside predation.For the most part these creatures are active animals, often sticking to higher ground and rocky out croppings that allow cover from prey to preform more complicated ambush attacks. A major predator of Flumenicus Equus, V.Letum reaches typical lengths up to 7 inches.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Hell's Occupants.

In response to the post by danny on his blog here about the artist Mark Powell I felt inspired to get back into the mood of drawing deamons and helly type peeps. Which is slightly annoying as I wanted to concentrate on my speculative biology concepts, now my mind is split between visiting my own depiction of hell and documenting the fauna of an alien planet.

Seriously check it out, that Mark Powell guy has created something beautiful.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Realms of Renth.

Just an update of what I've been working on for RoR lately, the concepts here are for Miners. Im going with heavy clothing that offers protecton from all the hazards of working in mines, in particular I'm trying to work on facial gear, although the time period is set to 1700's ish sort of technology, I want to introduce some form of technology be it through the use of steam punk or what ever.

its just coming up with things that seem feasible when compared to the already established house style.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Scavenger and RoR

Just another fauna concept. Theres been some recent changes with the team at Realms of Renth, though it meant a sad departure of a senior member it also means Im now in charge of the games conceptual design, a blessing and a curse, extra work, but also I can now imprint a greater sense of my own direction than I could before.

I'm probably going to be dedicating alot of my 'arty' time to RoR now, I've been working on the project in my own eratic manner for 4 years now. Though I've never been too fond of the projects capabilities for imaginative scope, Im going to change that.

Deloricatus, convergent cousins of the Loricatus genus, this beast is for the most part a gentle feeder of the nutrient plains. often sparesly dotted across rich plains in pods of up to 20 individuals. Though primarily evolved for absorbing the nutritious bounty that dominates the subtrate of the plains, D.Validus is also a scavenger, putting its feeding apparatus to good use by absorbing available fluids from any carcass encountered.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Fauna Concepts

A few creature concepts that I've been working on in the past month or so.

Absconditus, An aquatic predator of average size, with males reaching a little over 12 inches in length. Though a good swimmer, Absconditus prefer ambush attacks. Often patiently waiting with their heads lowered from banks to just above the water level, when prey is detected the creature lunges forwards elegantly, its head entering the water whilst causing minimal disturbance to catch the prey.

A noticeable feature is the Absconditus jaw structure, the jaws fold into the mouth when not in use, but a rapid surge of blood to the jaws erects them into position for use, similar to the erection of the penis.

Loricatus, a small yet heaviley armoured nutrient feeder covered in chitinous plates, growing to around 3 inches in length. These beast's are often encountered singly, how ever where nutrient grounds are found increased numbers of the solitary creatures can be found taking advantage of the same natural bounty.
Flumenicus Equus, a primarily aquatic inhabitant that filter feeds through the waters removing any nutrients in the form of detritus or microscopic life. These animals are flighty in nature and are often encountered on wet lands or along the vast banks of mega rivers where they can be found feeding in there hundreds of thousands when algae blooms reach their peak, the large numbers also allow added security for females to birth larval off spring in relative safety. typically attaining 10 inches in length.

Magnus, solitary omnivorous creatures with unpredictable temperments, they are often found around stands of tree's where they can put their highly adaptable beaks to good use cutting through the hard shells of seed pods. females attain up to 5 inches in length, males reaching 10 inches.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Fossils and Leeds.

Went to visit a freind studying at Leeds university for a couple of days during the week, whilst there I took a look in the Museum. It was quite an interesting place, they had some lovely rennasiance style sculptures and roman/greek busts aswell as ancient chinese clothing which I found quite inspirational. (please note these photos are scans of post cards, I do not have such skills with a camera...)

And to top that off, they were selling Fossils in the gift shop! (i dont care if their fakes they still look the part)

Monday, 3 May 2010

Low Grav

Just finished a rather long work shift thats lasted since the day after i got back from newcastle so besides a couple of receipt drawings I've not done much else.

Decided to colour a concept on scrotoshop. It's a deer like creature thats evolved on a planet with a much lower level of gravity than our own. Most of my fauna concepts lately have almost strictly adhered to the anatomy and proportions of african mega mammals, usually quadruped and bulky in there most fundamental state.

So now I will try doing some things that are even more alien, Helium propelled life forms and giant primative invertebrates that exist on planets with a much more oxygen saturated atmosphere... so many ideas too lazy to jot them all down..