Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monster Rider (3)

Hi all,

in the last post I stopped at the decision point for the monster's head.
The initial idea for the Wolp'er-Tingah* was something close to human. 

*Wolp'er-Tingah - some of my German readers may chuckle, as there is a taxidermist tradition of mixing animals to create a Wolpertinger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpertinger  

As mentioned in the previous post I was thinking about a human head for the beast.
So I quickly sketched some ideas.
First something wage and ghostly
Then a bit more human
but even this human version didn't really convince me.
So I quickly sketched a dragon-style head and left it at that for the night.
The next day I looked at the options again and decided to take the dragon route.
So I added some basic eyes and a gums for the upper jaw
Then I started to block out the nose and lips
some of the cheek lines
More facial details
Eyebrows and wrinkles
Starts to look properly angry
With dragon skin
The next evening I started with the lower jaw
Basic jaw line
At this state I did a pose check
Relatively big, I probably have to beef up some sections of the body...
But continuing with the dragon-style I started to flesh out the neck

With the neck-muscles 
Still toothless
but already cool looking
At that time I did another all-around check and left it for the night.
The next evening I continued with the dragon skin for the lower jaw and neck
And I sculpted the tongue
Ready for some dental work
So I created a bunch of teeth from GreenStuff
The next evening I inserted the teeth and sculpted the teeth ridge
Now that's a proper smile 
With the left over GreenStuff I sculpted the mounting points for the reins as well as some horns
Since I always wanted to repeat a fiery-skin effect as I did with the Tar'Akoona dragon
I added a patch of this skin to the right side - at the same time beefing up the mass back there
And the thigh on the left also got some extra mass
With this the basic build for the Wolp'er-Tingah is completed
I'm quite pleased so far
Last night I finally began the rider
Though my cat wasn't quite pleased with the stinger...
...I was able to fix it - with some battle damage 😉
So here's the basic shape and pose for the rider
Ah, looks better with the reigns
So this is as far as I got.
What do you think?
Comments, suggestions?
I look forward to your feedback.