At the behest of friends and teacher I decided to try and push this design and do something less traditional. At first it was trying out different body shapes for the Werewolf. Then I had an epiphany and decided to use the Hyena as the base creature.
Then, I started thinking about the person behind the Were-Creature. Looking up on Wikipedia about Hyena's I read about how African Tribes already have mythology about people being able to turn into Half Man, Half Hyena's. So I took that idea and went out to grab a bunch of African tribesman photos (specifically the Maasai) and began sketching them.
Next, I decided to try and work out some more body sketches for the Werehyena because I still wasn't satisfied with what I came up with before.
Finding a body I liked from there, I finally came up with this drawing. I think I've found what I was looking for.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
For school I'm working on some character concepts and I've decided to create two characters. The setting is modern and one character will be a Vampire and the other a Werewolf. I decided to start with the Werewolf first because my knowledge of Wolf anatomy and movement is very weak so I wanted to get a head start on all that.
Lacking my own pet wolf (a shame) I went out and downloaded a fair amount of reference photos of wolves and along with my handy book, The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature I began my research and study of the wolf, primarily the face because that's really the only part of a Werewolf that stays pretty much true to its canine half.
After a few sketches of that I got the idea of this great pose (the top most drawing) and had to draw it. I'm happy with what came out, I'd probably change the size of the head. Right now it seems to be a bit mismatched. The smaller sketch to the right was another idea that came to me after that one but I think I'll flesh it out later and larger.
That's enough typing...