Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I was on the computer yesterday when suddenly the idea came to me to paint an old school, pulp magazine, raygun-toting, bug-squid hybrid alien invader. So, I sat down and painted this guy in virtually one sitting. I think it's the best creature rendering I've yet done, and I'm pretty happy with it. I even gave him some halfway decent-looking technological devices, as well.
As far as creature concepts go, this is a highly intelligent alien species native to a low-gravity world with a warm, humid climate and at atmosphere rich in carbon dioxide and chlorine. It evolved from mud-dwelling ancestors that looked somewhat like crosses between sandcrabs and cuttlefish. It is omnivorous, with three sets of powerful mandibles to process its foot. Its eyes are set atop dark stocks on the upper part of its carapace, while its ears are those crater-shaped structures near the mandibles. Its olfactory and respiratory organs are located on the back of its carapace, and in this image are covered by a gas filtering apparatus designed for traveling in an alien atmosphere. The three pairs of limbs can function as either arms or legs, interchangeably. Though these aliens can communicate by sound, they prefer to communicate by sight. Their wide, black eyestalks can shift to any color in the visible spectrum, and this ability has evolved into a highly complex visual language. The device attached to the eyestalk of the individual pictured is a communicator: it allows information in this visual language to be sent long-distance and fed directly to the aliens' visual centers. They can also communicate through the use of chemicals and pheremones.
I wrote a much, much longer natural history/short story about these creatures in my Deviantart gallery: link. I enjoy writing, as you may be able to tell.
Also, some alternate color schemes.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hey, I'm still alive as well %D Man, what a busy xmas, I'm glad it's over! Too many cute angels everywhere... You all posted so many great monsters meanwhile, kudos to you! It's always so much fun checking out this blog =)

Here are some creatures I've done a while ago. I'm sorry, over the past few months I had just a few chances to do monsters... Hey, happy new year to everyone!! =D

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I got zero free time right now but squeezed in a doodle for christmas - I'm still alive dammiT!

some sort of wierd bug again - wow, that's not getting old already! :D

Merry christmas and happy new yeah to all!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Frost Fairy

Happy Holidays!
Think of this little guy dancing around your car covering it in ice...
Makes cleaning your car off in subzero temperatures much more fun! Right?
But to be honest I actually did this guy last year, I got to busy this year to do a Holiday card...

Gishagul - Ice Demon

Here's a festive creature done for Warstorm that just happens to fit well for Christmas. Hope everyone is having fun and enjoying the holiday. I had my fill of good food, company and presents.. time to relax ;)

Gishagul: Ice Demon Warstorm CCG

Snow Cameleon

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bithkin - Imp

The Final Imp card I produced for Warstorm. Bobenlik, Badial, Bevus and Bithkin. These little guys were all a lot of fun. I went back to most of these cards to fix and adjust the value levels, add some details and put a little extra time into some where it was needed. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas guys n gals.
Bithkin: Imp

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Badial & Bevus - Imps

Hey guys,

Once again here are some cards done for http://www.warstorm.com/ these were two of 4 Imps I did. You already saw one "Bobenlik, oddly enough they all start with a "B". These two are complete opposites, you've got your Fire Imp Badial and an Ice Imp Bevus.
Badial: Fire Imp
Bevus: Ice Imp

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Monster Stuff

Hello everyone.

I've been invited here by Mike Corrier0. I'm a big fan of your work Mike, thanks for the invite.

I am indeed in good company. I feel very privileged.

My name is Colin Shulver & I'm a creature effects artist in the uk. I've been doing this monster stuff now for about 20 years.... which is 20 years of fun.

Here are a few pieces of my work. I'll pop by again & post some more stuff soon.

Oh... Have a great Christmas & all the best for 2009.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

goblin boss

This was for a weekly back on conceptart.org and I never finished it because of work and school... So I put a bit of polish on the front view while procrastinating studying for my art history final...

click for a larger view...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Yauba: Demon - Bobenlik: Imp

Here is another Demon from Warstorm.
This guy was left completely open and although I hadn't seen Hellboy 2 yet, there was definitely some influence from the Death Angel in that film. I just changed a few things and added some minor touch ups tonight from the original used in the game. I had fun with the idea that the demon really had no ears, eyes, nose, or mouth though it's slightly indicated. I think this guy was one of my favorites from all the creatures I painted.

Yauba: Demon Breed

Bobenlik: Death Imp Breed

Random Creature

Hello there fellow creature lovers!
I haven't had a lot of free time lately but here's a creature I did today.

I hope you guys and girls will like it!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Warstorm Creatures: Challenge Games

Well, I'll start by explaining that these are done for an online CCG game called Warstorm. They just released a load of new cards for their latest expansion. The game itself is a free based online game that anyone can register and play without paying a cent, and it's addicting.
If you want to check it out go here: Warstorm.com
Here are three of approx 26 cards I've done. I think around 12 or 13 of them I'll be able to post here concerning their level of "creature" based designs. So here are the first few, more to come.
Agmog: Fire Demon

Gishagul: Half Giant - Orc Breed

Auzubaal: Death Demon

A lot of the cards I produced were New Hero cards and some new infantry. There are now Imps, Demons, new Undead, new Orc and new Human cards too. Each of these were painted in approx. 5 hours, so I finished the painted portion in a day sometimes 2 a day. The details will be seen at an aspect ratio of around 216 x 300 pixels and much smaller when you actually play the game.


After a long delay, here's a little something from me. I've had the idea of a creature with enormous jointed jaws for a while now, so last night I just sat down and painted it. I painted pretty much the entire thing in one sitting, which is unusual for me. All I did today was tighten up a few details, mess with the contrast, and colorize it. I was strongly influenced by the work of Rich Doble and by some images of creature design demonstrations from the ConceptArt.org New Zealand workshop when creating this.
As far as the concept goes, this is basically just an alien predator with big jointed jaws. The outermost teeth are specialized for grasping prey, while the inner teeth slice prey into small pieces. The three dots on the bump on the side of its head are its eyes, while the orifice to the front of that is its nostril/heat sensing organ. Bristles on its jaws and on its back detect airborne vibrations, while its sensitive feet detect ground vibrations; it has no true ears. It has no real toes, just rough pads for traction, and uses the single claws of its forelimbs to hold onto prey and to climb over obstacles. Being more of a broad, barrel-chested creature, it does not chase down its prey, but rather lies in wait before launching a short, explosive lunge. Though rarely exceeding seventy pounds in size, due to the sheer size of its mouth and its habit of bursting out of the underbrush unexpectedly visitors to the planet Naraka should consider the snapper extremely dangerous. The snapper reproduces ovipariously, laying eggs in the roots of trees (or the Narakan equivalent of trees). The young exist as wood-boring larvae for a time, before emerging and constructing a cocoon on the outside surface of the tree. Months later, a small but fully-developed snapper bursts out, ready to terrorize the general area.

I'll probably update this image later with some diagrams of its life cycle, its mouth movements, and its scale next to a human.


The Kappa is a Japanese water spirit, part frog and part turtle. It is given great strength by the liquid it carries in its bowl-like skull. If you should meet a Kappa you must bow to it. Being very polite, the Kappa will return your bow, thus spilling the the liquid from its head and enabling you to make your escape whilst it is still weak.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Murgasi Sketch

A character design sketch for Shard Studios. They're making an RPG with anthropomorphic animal beings. If your wondering the winged beings like this bat lady surgically cut their wings so they can wear and use things like belts/straps etc. Kinda like body modification but.. for practical purposes.

I'll post more on this project as they get done!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Joe's 1 hour monsters

bird demon
montauk monster

Hey everyone
2nd post here woohoo!
I thought I'd post my 1hour monsters here-they're quick warmups I do before work...it's the only way I have time to get some fun drawings in-and what better way then with some montsters!!!
there's a more detailed writeup over at my blog if you're interested in what it's all about :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sketchbook pages 2

Two sketchbook pages of some fictional prehistoric inspired mammals and other creatures. Was just looking at Musk Ox, Rhino's, Tapir etc..

Sad Dragon....

Well, The Hulk porn well was running dry, so I returned to that old standby, the Dragon.
Can't go wrong drawing Dragons really. Like retarded moon Dinosaurs with wings, they're cool no matter how you look at it.
Ok, so this one doesn't have wings, gimme a break already.
This was for Daniel Maghen again and will be published in Volume 3 of their L'univers des Dragons Tome.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Krugg- creature sketch

Been a bit busy, but I found time to draw this hefty fellow in my sketchbook. I must admit to getting lazy around the legs, but otherwise I think this might be a fun guy to paint up at a later time.
Thanks for looking! -s.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Hi all, I'm very glad to be part of this blog, many thanks to Davi! The quality and the quantity of awesome works here is astonishing! Right now I can add just a sigle work to the "bestiary" but hope to find the time to create more good models in the near future.
This is a personal work I did in my spare time, hope guys you like it!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Caruba Demi Demon

A demi demon, based on a small thumbnail. He bares no clothing or armour and only wields a make-shift club from construction metal. Though he is a demi-demon he has little to no supernatural ability but has super human strength. His body is thick skinned and tough, filled with magma, fire and ash. With more of an animal-like nature even with his humanoid body structure, he is more of a wild destructive creature than an intellectual being. A sort of mindless soldier released to cause havoc and chaos amoung the mortal. Though hunched over, he stands at approx. 8 1/2 ft. upright.