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The Common Skyeel - final design

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This is the skyeel from Roshar, with much artistic licenses added because I was having too much fun visualizing them! It started out as just skyeel, which I decided to expanded into three species to have some more species diversity, and a more natural feeling when populating the world, like a city park would have pigeons, sparrows and starlings. Besides the Common Skyeel, there is the Greater Skyeel, and Lesser Skyeel, because I am great at naming things like that.

The Common Skyeel has a difficult balance to strike – it needs to not compete in coolness with the Greater Skyeel, which is set at boss level, but also not as drab and blending-in as the Lesser Skyeel despite it being the most … well, commonly seen around by people! Like a seagull, but cooler, but not too cool. For that reason Common Skyeel remains the only design that has the same color, pattern, and size between female and male. It is also the last of the three I designed, but somehow ended up being the standard to which I adjust the other two Skyeel designs to make the Greater fittingly boss-like, and the Lesser accordingly humble.

That seemingly little egg there took me a while to settle on! So I must ramble about it here. Skyeel is a fish, that flies in air, taking up the same niche as birds do on Earth. So does it still lay eggs? What shape and surface if they're exposed to the elements? How does the baby break out? Does skyeel birth live pups like some sharks do? What is the morphology - the baby looks exactly like adult but miniature (sail fish), baby looks partially like adult (birds), or a complete metamorphosis (tadpole/frog)? When everything is possible, it's impossible to just settle on one. But I had to, so I did, otherwise my life cannot go on...

There are a total of 6 pages, and I'm posting them here in set of 3 so as to not spam so much. If they're small or blurry, you can see bigger resolution on my Artstation



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This is amazing! I like how you took inspiration from real-life creatures like the swordfish. (And I hadn't realized that swordfish don't actually have scales. I've seen pictures of them, and I've eaten swordfish steaks, but I never noticed that they didn't have scales.)

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@Turin Turambar There are many resources online - article, video, and tutorial - both explaining what concept art is and teaching you how to gain skills to turn ideas into images, and they're made by people much more skillful and expert than I am. If you'd like I can post a selection of links for you to pursuit here?

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You outdid yourself with those concepts, they're spectacular!! I want to see them in a Stormlight Archive HBO series!!!

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15 hours ago, Koloss said:

@Turin Turambar There are many resources online - article, video, and tutorial - both explaining what concept art is and teaching you how to gain skills to turn ideas into images, and they're made by people much more skillful and expert than I am. If you'd like I can post a selection of links for you to pursuit here?

Please do!

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@Turin Turambar

Here are free, online teaching tutorial libraries:

Ctrl Paint - Tutorial Library

Proko's - Library

What exactly are these 'fundamentals' people keep talking about? https://conceptartempire.com/what-are-the-fundamentals/

There are paid ones as well, and they are also very good, as you get what you pay/put-effort-into for:

Schoolism 

CGMA Academy - - this one is much bigger, so you'll need to research the instructor and pick the one you think is right for you

Here are sites explaining and expanding on doing concept art: 

http://howtonotsuckatgamedesign.com/2014/02/lets-get-real-concept-art/

https://www.creativebloq.com/digital-art/how-become-better-concept-artist-71621082

http://www.autodestruct.com/

https://bigbadworldofconceptart.com/interview-with-concept-artist-jan-urschel/

http://www.cgchannel.com/2015/04/three-great-tips-for-creating-better-creature-concepts/

 

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@The Kraken's Daughter Thank you! :D Honestly I didn't know swordfish doesn't have scales either until I started looking at them for this. I just always thought their scales must be just small or something to not see any in photos. We do and we learn!

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