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The Incredible Science Behind the Creation of Creature Design

The Incredible Science Behind the Creation of Creature Design

In order to draw the imaginary, you need to understand the real.  Terryl Whitlatch shows you what is required to design imaginary animals and creatures, both realistic and stylized.  Join her as she gets into the zoology behind Creature Design, from the bones and muscles up, to Narrative Concept art and stylized characters.  The anatomy of living and prehistoric species will be discussed and broken down, as well as its direct application to animal motion and animation.  She will be sharing examples from her feature work, as well as never before seen art from a project now in progress.

Terryl Whitlatch 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, Lucas Arts, 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 stylization. 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.

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