Terryl Whitlatch Creator Illustrator
Title: Workshop “Creature Creation Live!”
Description: “In this talk, I will demonstrate some principles I learned during my work as a freelance illustrator. Instead of showing a step-by-step tutorial of how I work, I will try to explain the underlying principles that I use to make my descicions.
Understanding these priniples helped me to improve my art. The principles are universal, and every artist can use them in their own way to develop their own style.”
Title: Mythical Creatures Re-imagined
Description: This session will demonstrate how mythical creatures are scientifically reimagined as living species, especially appropriate for the film industry. This will be conveyed via examples of my actual paleontological reconstruction work and then using the sample principles in designing and “reconstructing” creatures from mythology. This will be done in power point format, and I’ll be cross referencing creatures I’ve developed for a variety of film productions.
Terryl Whitlatch was born in Oakland, California, and started drawing at less than three years of age. Blessed with a mother who was, and still is, a talented artist-illustrator, and a father who taught biology, her fascination with animals started early. Countless weekends were spent visiting zoos, aquariums, and museums, and her father was constantly bringing home mounted skeletons, creatures preserved in jars, and living animals as well – chicken hatchlings, bullfrogs, iguanas, and insects.
After studying illustration at the California College of Arts and the Academy of Art University, Terryl began a career that has spanned over 25 years. She has worked with many major studios and effects houses as a highly sought after creature and concept designer. Clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Lucas Film Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Chronicle Books, and various zoos and natural history museums.
Terryl has acted as principal creature designer for Star Wars — the Phantom Menace. She designed most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Some of the significant characters include Jar-Jar Binx, Sebulba, the pod racers, the undersea monsters of Naboo, and the Naboo Swamp creatures. She also worked closely with George Lucas in the redesign of such pre-existing characters as Jabba the Hutt and the dewbacks.
For Disney Feature Animation’s Brother Bear, she designed bear, moose, and other animal characters, from highly realistic anatomical studies to fully branded characters. She also is the creator and illustrator of three books: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, The Katurran Odyssey, and the newly released Animals Real and Imagined.
Terryl is currently working on a new cutting edge industry project that involves both real animal and imaginary creature designs simultaneously.
“Have adventures so you can portray adventures.” ~Terryl Whitlatch
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