Creature Constructs incorporates some of my most recent creature designs into a field guide structure.
By imbuing objects with animal-like qualities, I am able to draw parallels between the destruction and negligence of man-made objects and animal populations. All of the subjects have been impacted by humans in some way due to their activity. While some suffer from over-hunting, mass abduction, or habitat destruction, others have learned to adapt in extreme ways.
I began this series with a prompt from Designing Creatures & Characters by Marc Taro Holmes, which asks for the reader to observe the skeletal structure of a creature and see how many different animals could fit over said skeleton. At first I focused on retaining the entire structure of a beluga whale and then eventually optimized it with components from its evolutionary predecessors such as Pakicetus, Ambulocetus and Rodhocetus. There are even a handful of creatures influenced only by the form of the skull. Ever preliminary sketch that I made was fleshed out in a series of more detailed illustrations later on, even adding supplementary notes about diet and behavior.
In addition to these designs, I also created 60 busts of other conceptual creatures.
Select prints were on display at Coffee Emporium from Nov. 4, 2017 to Nov. 28, 2017.