The time has come. I created an artwork for an art challenge. This is my first time and it was really a hard challenge for me.
The task of the challenge was to draw a monster called Grimataur. It must have the following characteristics:
- Large (2.5 Meters Tall)
- Black in Color
- Scales for Skin
- Humanoid Bipedal
- Hulking Muscular Build
- Tail and Horns
- Lives in Human Areas (towns, graveyards etc)
- Devours Souls
And this is a really hard challenge for me, as I’m always struggling with monsters. When I draw monsters they somehow always turn out kind of cute instead of scary. And then a black monster? How should I manange shading and and lighting? But okay, what would be a challenge without any challenges to met. So challenge accepted!
I made a lot of sketches to get
the monster I was looking for. Especially the head needed some exercises to get a somehow bad and not cute looking face.
I also made some coloring examples to find out, what I like in certain areas. This wasn’t that easy, because as you know this was the 2nd picture I made with markers and I didn’t wanted to screw the picture up. And here another challenge arose. The colors I have are just not meant to create a dark, horrific environment. In my opinion, except for black one, they are all either too bright are saturated.
But I kept on going and there we are, my Grimataur has been born.
Of course there are things which could be improved, but for my first black monster drawn with a not optimal collection of markers, I’m quite happy.
What do you think? What would you improve or leave as is?
Finally here is the announcement of the challenge, in case you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Xbi1N44u0