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Creature Design with Silk

  • Software:Photoshop CC  ·
  • Difficulty:Intermediate

A Fresh Approach to Creature Design

Silk is an interactive, generative design tool that lives at It interpolates off the speed and path of your strokes to generate unique shapes that you may not have created yourself explicitly by hand. This offers concept artists a fresh approach to designing creatures.

Silk as a base

In this tutorial, Dave Pasciuto uses Silk to generate a foundation for his creature designs. Then he uses Photoshop to fulfill the design, drawing line art over the Silk foundation, followed by a value and texture pass, resulting in 3 unique creature / monster busts.

If you feel like you're scraping the bottom of your design barrel, Silk is an excellent tool to breath new life into your creature art.