Sunday, March 30, 2008

Beladron - Concept Dinosaur

A conceptual Dinosuar. Completely Imaginary not really resembling any 1 dinosaur since I didn't really look at dinosaur references but rather more modern reptiles and mammal anatomy. I also tried to work out the skeletal structure.


As a part of a creature tutorial series, this was a manipulation on the anatomy of a water buffalo. The original body was varied slightly but the majority of the changes were made to the head. It was an act to show how changing various portions of existing animals anatomy could easily create a creature concept.


Wanted to do something "cuter".

Friday, March 28, 2008


Hi, everyone. First, I want to thank Mike Corriero and Davi Blight for inviting me to join this blog. You're all artists that I respect and admire, and I'm honored to be included here.

Anyway, I'm Cory Trego-Erdner, known on the internetz as Moai. I'm a student (graduating with an AA this year), I have a humble job (cashier at a dollar store), and I have aspirations of becoming a concept artist. When I'm not drawing, I'm observing. I have a few personal projects that I want to get started soon that will involve plenty of creature design, but until then here's some older creature work of mine.

Shallow Swamp Loofeesh

A creature with amphibian, bird and fish anatomy. This concept was produced from a simple 20 second Imaginary "creature sound" file.


Hi everyone,

I'm currently a freelance artist running around working on several different tasks at the moment.

Here's a few creature designs to get an initial idea of my work:


When the secondary explosion occurred at the reactor, spewing an almost immeasurable torrent of radioactivity into the jet stream, surrounding locales could only survive long enough to form mass graves for their dead. The under supplied, unprotected and ultimately doomed clean up crews sent their overseeing emergency committee a flurry of distress signals and sporadic reports of beasts emerging from the piles of bodies on the outskirts of towns. These beasts were said to vary dramatically, and appeared to be sickening amalgamations of people and livestock.


Cetaceans have long been used by military outfits, trained for marine mine clearance, reconnaissance, and even attack roles. However their willful, individualistic personalities caused severe problems. Escapees were common, which represented an extremely expensive loss in both resources and time, for their trainers. The J8 program solved this issue with heavily genetically modified Belugas featuring post-growth expansive mechanical grafting which fitted them to be overseen by a human pilot.


An exemplary member of a Piscine Magistrate's sub-harem; a collection of fertile females used for the sowing of seed as opposed to serving a directly pleasurable role in the prima harem. A swarm of eels harass the brood mermaid in her later stages, eager to snatch up freshly hatched young. These swarms are encouraged by most Magistrates as they consider it an excellent measure for thinning the weak offspring; immediately setting the stage for a strong and culled lineage. Brood mermaids are often given as donativum profundi, "imperial largess of the abyss", to honoured guests, as the reciprocated offering of offspring is considered an assumed display of trust in important dealings amongst piscines of high standing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Giants & Humanoids

I'll be turning a few of these into finals but here are some thumbnail ideas, some mixed digital and pencil and others just straight digital sketches. Playing around with hulking and ogre-like body proportions on some of them.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


I was inspired by Mike Corriero's silhouette-thumbnails to do some of my own, and am totally sold on the process now. I don't understand how I never did this before, and now I am much too excited about it.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Wavering Stiffle Stump

edit: The thumbnails that were produced befor the final design was created by mixing the anatomy of numbers 01 and 02.

A forest giant that moves with a swaying motion, most of its upper body is covered by tree tops leaving the legs and hands to blend in with the surrounding tree trunks. They are Giant stilt stalkers that very much like a chameleon lizard use the camouflage effect and movement to grab much smaller prey.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here's a reimagining I did of John Carpenter's The Thing. Hope you enjoy!


Sunday, March 16, 2008


So... Hey everyone! All the work here is great, and I'm happy to be in the midst of you guys and all this excellent fun.

Here's one from me. It's Airbrushed Acrylic on Board, 2o"x3o".
Cheers! - Wm.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mountain Ogre

The Mountain Ogre slowly establishes himself in the world of man, yet retains his knowledge of building natural armor instead of harvesting the metals and fabrics made by man. His intelligence is inferior to man's, yet he feels they are fools as they destroy the world around them to build wood boxes where stone caves would do them just fine.

The Ogre is drawn out from his solitary lifestyle by the vile smell of cooked meat and the noisey banging of tribal drums-- An annoyed ogre brings destructive results.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hydro-Deflux .1.1.1 - Mission

There is quite a back story to this design, but I'll just lay out the basic synopsis. This creature was brought back in hopes to introduce a new species to earth, but the reproduction cycle was vastly misunderstood. The egg larvae once hatched release a toxic fungi that kill all plant, tree and vegetation life which ultimately through mankind into the loop for extinction by killing our only source of oxygen.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Troll Warrior

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Hypo Capriate

The Hypo Capriate Species are small and excessively excited and nervous. Because of their small size they have a quick heart beat and their nervous system works in overtime, their constantly on alert mode running all over the place, left right, side to side, circles, up hill, down hill..they even try to run up trees some times though they often just fall and start running again haha.Hypo Capriates use a unique quadruped/biped skeletal and muscular system that allows them to produce a very long stride for such a small creature. When they do slow down which isn't that often, only in times of sleep which is done standing up and only for 5 minutes twice a day, they stand on their two legs and the arms stretch in a backward state. They are vegetarians though they chase and eat their food as if it were alive because they don't like to sit around in one spot for too long. So they will run by and snatch a piece of a leaf and chew it on the GO...They shit while running and they copulate with the male on the larger females back while she runs at an accelerated speed which works up the hormones. This is a sort of foreplay for the Hypo Capriates, they are hyperactive both day and night which helps keep their species alive even though they are small harmless critters that would ordinarily be prone to attack by most predators. - Updated Image on (Top)

Entry by Mike Corriero

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A morning painting

Hello People,

This is my first post here on this blog and i guess an introduction is in order.
I'm an concept artist at Creative Assembly/SEGA and i've been working in the industry for a few years now.
I've been published in many magazines and books, genres ranging from Game design to sketchbooks and philosophy of art.

But most of all i love the act of creating.

So here's a few creatures i've created to properly introduce "me"