This was just a random character design I did while taking a break from my grad project. I was browsing the internet for photo refs when this cool looking angler fish popped up. I used that photo as the basis for the fish man on the left and did a little study of the actual fish on the right.
This is the painted version of the creature I sketched a couple days back. I'm adapting this to go onto the front of my business card. The concept behind it was to show my workflow. During my time at CTN I received a lot of feedback on my portfolio regarding process. The artist I spoke to wanted to see the steps I took to arrive at the final designs. The goal of this image was to show my entire workflow in one image from sketch to grayscale render, color rough, to polishing and detail. I also took influence from a favorite artist of mine, J.C. Leyenndecker, which can be seen in the white painted strokes I used to carve and define the silhouetted of the creature.
I've been doing a lot of digital work lately. I go through phases where for a period of time drawing digitally doesn't seem to make sense. Something about the feel of it doesn't really connect with me. In those instances I grab my pencils and sketch fun stuff, things i don't really have to think to hard about. This guy is just an amalgamation of a few dinosaurs. Some kind of raptor, Spinosaurus and the texture of a crocodile or alligator.