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04 April 2006, 10:47 PM
Hi Everyone! I'm working on a new art book called "Creature Sketches" and I wanted to show some of the stuff from the book here.

This thread will be dedicated to the making of the Creature Sketches book and will have plenty of WIPs and sketches which I will be updating constantly so stay tuned!

To see more info on any of my art books CLICK HERE (

Here's the first wip that I'll be showing... it's about a mysterious black swordsman battling monsters. It started out for a DSG but I liked it so much, I decided to explore the idea further.

04 April 2006, 02:46 PM

04 April 2006, 03:45 PM
Great idea, going to be watching this thread. :) Interesting how you build up to colourcontrast.

Looks like you learnt a lot of cool shapes from drawing animals too, the little hands on the ogre and so on. Love this stuff.


04 April 2006, 01:31 PM
jmBoekestein - Hey thanks very much! Creatures are fast becoming my favorite thing to draw again!

here's another update

04 April 2006, 01:44 PM
Lovely stuff as always mr Chiu!
Your character designs are most impressive, so... I also am waiting for this thread to develop and I for sure know it'll create a inspirational progress for many of us!

04 April 2006, 02:10 PM
great piece!!!. i wanna see more!!!

04 April 2006, 06:34 PM
Creatures! woot! :D
I thought this first one was amazing... I want to see more from you :drool:

04 April 2006, 08:36 PM
I am waiting for Guy Sketches as I write this - Have got Girl Sketches and Cats and Dogs - jewels - all of them!
(everyone who sees them, ooohs and awhs)


04 April 2006, 03:34 PM
MichaelMotion - thanks very much Michael

nachoyague - there'll definitely be more coming. stay tuned

djtrousdale - thx

Gord-MacDonald - hey thanks for the compliment Gord!! I'll make sure to sketch something in the "Guy Sketches" for you


04 April 2006, 08:11 PM
This is really cool bob....:applause: I can't help feeling there should be more of a shadow of the beast though....

I really, really like the design of the monster. Great job there!

04 April 2006, 12:44 PM
Hey thanks for checking in Paperclip! And thanks for the suggestions too!

here's more pics for the Creature Sketches Book.
For more info on my ART BOOKS please CLICK HERE (

04 April 2006, 06:08 PM
LOL, this last fat lil pixie should have his own movie. HE's so funny! :cool:

04 April 2006, 03:21 PM
thanks Jan-Mark! he's on my "make into cg model list" :P

04 April 2006, 04:19 PM
here's another sketch...
I was in a funny mood when painting this. I was thinking it was kind of a doggy-tiger-mouse-pig but frankly I have no idea!

04 April 2006, 04:27 PM
ROFL ~ this promises to be a great thread. Subscribed! :)



04 April 2006, 05:47 PM
As always, awesome work.
Looking forward to your updates man.


04 April 2006, 02:21 PM
Rebeccak & Roberto - Hey Thanks for checking in you two!!

Here's another rare creature. I call this little guy a "Baterpillar Ferret".

04 April 2006, 02:47 PM
Haha look at those tiny legs!

04 April 2006, 06:30 PM
ROFL ~ that's awesome! Ever considered writing a children's book, Bobby? I'm sure it would be terrific!

Cheers, :)


04 April 2006, 06:40 PM
I second what Rebecca has said.

Here is a freebie...
It could be a tale of a girl who goes to an Alien planet and sees all sorts of alien creatures.
And maybe at then end she realizes that the animal she misses the most is her pet dog?


04 April 2006, 11:15 PM
Lamster - Thx!

Rebeccak - Actually I'm working on a childern's book right now!

Roberto - Hey thanks! Sounds like a lovely story. Perhaps in the future.. hopefully no one will take it by then.

here's an update

04 April 2006, 12:53 AM
Great work on the doggy-tiger-mouse-pig creature! I think that one is my favorite of the thread so far. Can I ask- which pencil do you use for sketching? I'm guessing 3B or 4B?

04 April 2006, 01:05 AM
I simply must have a baterpillarferret. MOMMY BUY ME ONE.

Did you do that grass by hand, or do you have grass brushes?

04 April 2006, 02:00 AM
Paperclip - lately I've been using Col-Erase pencils. The original sketch was done with a Col-Erase
djtrousdale - thanks for checking in. The brush I used for the grass is one of my custom brushes but it is not specifically designed for painting grass.

here's another update. grass has been worked some more.

04 April 2006, 03:26 PM update

04 April 2006, 04:20 PM
amazing good joB!

04 April 2006, 06:07 PM
The color palette in the last one seems rather off to me...not sure what it is...maybe too much of that greeny color in the yellow and also in the grass? Is it green grass or a yellow fur..or both...? I think using a different color for the cute daschundpillar would be a good idea. I really like the texture in the bush (?) though! Is that watercolor?

04 April 2006, 01:21 AM
malibubob - thx bob!

Paperclip - Thanks for the lovely comment! I was thinking the exact same thing! You'll see the change in this next update. The bg is a big mix of textures and adjusted and painted some more in Photoshop.

04 April 2006, 02:29 AM
I really like your stuff. Look forward to the childrens book!

04 April 2006, 01:46 PM
Kavelioc - thx but this is not for the childerns book. That won't be out for a while

Here's another update. Should be just about finished. I'm pretty happy with it but I'm willing to hear some last minute suggestions.

this is the cover

air tiger
04 April 2006, 04:36 PM
LOL... this has made my day! Can't wait to get this book as well. Thanks for the free shipping too! It helps me lots.

lasting memories
04 April 2006, 04:41 PM
Great to see the Work in Progress pics! It's very educational to see how the pros do it. thanks!

04 April 2006, 05:10 PM
airtiger - hey thanks! the book is looking very sweet. You'll like it

lasting memories - I'm glad you like the wips. thanks for the comment

Here's the next creature I'll be working on so stay tuned! I was thinking of a creature kind of like a Naked Mole Rat/Kangaroo with a sprinkle of a Bunny. This is what I came up with. I think it's gross and funny at the same time and I love it. Hopefully the final piece will be as good as the initial idea.

lasting memories
04 April 2006, 01:17 PM
LOLLLi admire your creativity:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 02:02 PM
Holy guacamoley! I wanna draw like you can Mr. Bobby! :) So I can make my very own baterpillar Ferret!


04 April 2006, 02:54 PM
lasting memories - thx for chking in again!

lamster - thanks lamster!

here's an update

04 April 2006, 04:49 PM
Funny one! It's such a cute creature and the color scheme is excellent. Like someone else said up there, it's good seeing your process. Can I ask you- where did you learn animal anatomy, was it mostly from life or from photo refs?

04 April 2006, 04:17 AM
Paperclip - not sure... I've always had a fasination with animals and creatures so I think I'd have to say a little of everything - photos, life, zoo, imagination, anatomy books.

here's another update

04 April 2006, 08:31 AM
Great update! Mind talking me through how you did that?
I think you should make the inside of the mouth a bit darker to separate it more from the gums. I think this is turning out fantastically, it's one of my favorite of yours so far! Soo gross, yet cute.......can't....tear...eyes...away...

04 April 2006, 05:03 PM
Thanks Paperclip - sure, what would you like to know? Good crit about the mouth... looks a bit funny to me as well.

here's an update: mostly bg details

04 April 2006, 05:41 PM
Mostly about texture and finishing things off...any tips would be useful!

Can you tell I'm a sponge leeching information off my favorite artists?! I'm suprised I haven't been kicked off this forum yet! :D

EDIT: Actually, you know what? I think you need to give him lips- that's what's causing the mouth area to look weird....

04 April 2006, 03:19 AM
Paperclip - the texture in the bg is a combination of a whole bunch of textures.. rocks, concrete, crumpled up papers... set to different settings and different opacities. It'd take some time to get into. Finishing off things is mostly about painting in half tones and painting in edges where needed. It's about clarifying things that might confuse the viewer.

here's another update

04 April 2006, 01:29 PM
hehehe this is very funny! Nice job there, keep it up...

\nothing to crit so its a quilte short comment :)\

04 April 2006, 01:40 PM
Maybe make the eyes a bit bigger, like in the original concept sketch? Right now they look like they could just be two spots in an 'eye' area....

Thanks for your tips and this is turning out well- it should make the front cover of your next book!

04 April 2006, 01:40 PM
Digital B.
I don't think I've replied to this thread, but it's definitely something fun, and I've enjoyed poking my head in from time to time. That be all.

04 April 2006, 01:58 PM
BrutalMonk - cheers

paperclip - thanks for the suggestion! I'm keeping the eyes like that but I definitely appreciate the constructive crit. I was thinking of putting this guy on the back cover.

cyphrex - hey thanks for leaving a comment :)

here's the final version

air tiger
04 April 2006, 12:56 PM
I love the foamy drool. :bounce:

04 April 2006, 12:28 AM
It rocks. :buttrock: Like that other guy said, the foaming mouths are a nice (gross) touch!

Happily anticipating your next piece!

04 April 2006, 01:35 PM
wonderful and crazy.

waiting for more, man.

05 May 2006, 08:08 PM
Thanks everyone for the love and support. The book comes out May 26th!

05 May 2006, 08:19 PM
There's are really cool! I like the baterpillar ferret the best so far :)

05 May 2006, 01:32 AM
mnan great stuff, you rocks a lot... the enviroment and the creatures are great so much.

Tnks for sharing this stuff.


05 May 2006, 04:28 PM
Roja - thx

enthombed - thank you

The book will arrive from the printers next Friday! I saw the proofs today and it's looking great. Some wonderful guest artists as well. CLICK HERE TO ORDER (

05 May 2006, 01:42 PM
top character design, your designs should be used in 3d feature animation, that would rock!

05 May 2006, 11:54 AM
That last one is so adorable. I'd love to see him at a bus stop with a bus like a wagon pulled by a snail or something. :D

05 May 2006, 12:00 PM
renderwhite - hey thanks for the nice compliment!

Paperclip - lol.. great idea!

The CREATURE SKETCHES BOOK ( arrives this Friday!

05 May 2006, 04:26 PM
That last one is positively freaky. Wow, wonderful creatures, you are brilliant man.

05 May 2006, 05:00 PM
omg that little amphibian is so cute :) Excellent designs and congrats on the book!

05 May 2006, 06:31 PM
hey thanks you two!

here's some fun stuff I did with textures
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05 May 2006, 09:25 PM
Wow! Great work. These creatures are just fun to look at and study. My day is better already. Thanks!:bounce:

05 May 2006, 12:28 PM
WilburLoyd - thanks! you've made my day better with your comment :)

05 May 2006, 01:38 PM
These new ones are just great, they're so simple yet so good looking. I love how in this last one the purple guys mouth fits right into the blue guys forehead-lip indentation

05 May 2006, 05:58 PM
The top right one in the last image reminds me of your greyscale amphibian. :D It's so cute!

This is a big departure from your usual stuff, may I ask why the change?

May I also ask how you did the 'tiger-beast' fur texture? I love it! :love:

05 May 2006, 06:17 PM
My favorite is the one that sits on its tail :D

05 May 2006, 03:17 PM
aldog - thx!

paperclip - For me personally, I don't really concentrate too much on style. That (style) comes naturally. I'm much more interested in exploring. These new ones were an exploration in 2d shape design and the mixture of flat textures. The orange beast's fur was done with a custom brush in Photoshop

djtrousdale - hey thanks. That's one of my favs too

The books were delivered to my house yesterday and are now avalible! CLICK HERE (

lasting memories
05 May 2006, 10:24 PM
Hey wow! These updates rock! I'm really looking forward to this new book!

05 May 2006, 01:22 AM
The book has arrived :)
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05 May 2006, 10:37 AM
Hey Bobby, you're great! Very original and cool creatures. :)

05 May 2006, 08:23 PM
hi! i like your creatures! :thumbsup: your new works are great (as those previous)! i'm observing your works for a long time and still waiting for new images! keep going!:buttrock:

06 June 2006, 11:47 PM
Thanks so much you two!

Here's another sample from the book
The book can be ordered HERE (

lasting memories
06 June 2006, 11:25 AM
All these sketches are great!

06 June 2006, 08:01 PM
Just got the book!! It great! Can't wait for the next!

air tiger
06 June 2006, 03:33 PM
hehehe... I really like the new image

06 June 2006, 12:51 AM
stellar work here. I love the variety

06 June 2006, 12:47 PM
hey thanks people. here's another one. Check out more books here! (

07 July 2006, 05:16 PM
here's another little guy. Click here for more books! (

07 July 2006, 11:23 AM
Cool minimalistic style! Do you use charcoal to get that really black effect?

07 July 2006, 11:46 AM
actually it was drawn using a basic HB pencil

07 July 2006, 07:48 PM
Hey Bobby! I just read an article about your creature sketches book in ImagineFX Magazine in the UK. Fantastic stuff MrChiu

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