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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 http://weavesilk.com/. 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.