Starlight Seahorse by DoNotDelete

Starlight Seahorse

DoNotDelete

23 April 2016 at 05:38:07 MDT

Hula the Hippocosmos.

One of my original monster designs from my comedy monster comic - which I'm still in the process of trying to get up and running.

This piece took a lot of thought to get to finishing - using a different line quality for Hula's crest, fins and skirt (accretion disc) was all part of the learning curve in making her work visually - also figuring out how to colour/texture those parts so that they look like they're made up of cosmic dust took a fair bit of consideration. On top of that I'm learning how to make Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop work together in order to make a more satisfying/soft render (as apposed to 'harder' cel-shading). I am also going to upload the Illustrator only version for comparison's sake.

As well as being so challenging to draw, I think Hula is probably my most clever monster design to date. Her ability to manipulate gravity and density and create constructs from cosmic dust puts her on a level beyond that of monsters like Mewtwo. She's a formidable being - but her power also isolates her - making it difficult for her to relate to other beings (she also has a superiority complex but I personally find that kind of thing enchanting/attractive/interesting).

Hula the Hippocosmos design sheets:

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1046798/hula-the-hippocosmos-final-model
https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1046796/hippocosmos-early-concept

Adobe Illustrator only version:

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/1247531/starlight-seahorse-illustrator-only-version

Hula and Hippocosmos are ™ and © David Nathan Dawkins.
Character Concept and Design ™ and © David Nathan Dawkins.
Artwork © David Nathan Dawkins.

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