Creature concept art tutorial, Minotaur

Creature concept art tutorial, Minotaur. In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how I create a creature concept design, Minotaur. According to Greek Mythology, the Minotaurus or Minotaur iss a bull-headed monster born to Queen Pasiphae of Krete after she had coupled with a bull.

The creature resided in the twisting maze of the labyrinth, where he was offfered a regular sacrifice of youths and maids to satisfy his cannibalistic hunger. He was eventually destroyed by the hero Theseus.
Whenever I receive any concept art or illustration assignment, I usually have rough idea in mind. I first convey my idea with thumbnails to find a suitable interesting silhouettes. Then I will put the silhouette in a scene using mostly light and shadow to make a good composition. Once I have my layout that I want in my comps, I will start my final sketch and bring it to finished concept art and illustration. Most of the creature or character art I do, it usually begins with description from a writer.

Below is the description I received from a client.
The Minotaur stalks his next victim in the darkness of his underground labyrinth. A small bit of sunlight creeps in from the bars above. The Minotaur has a massively muscular human body, and the head of a bull. His eyes glow red in the darkness. The tips of his horns are wet with blood. His hands and forearms are soaked red with blood. In one hand he holds a net full of human skulls.

concept art Minotaur

concept art Minotaur creature

Below are step by step how I create and design my Minotaur concept art.  Step one, I took an image from my final composition and give it a more detail drawing in black and white.  Step two, I select the color scheme usually base on the mood and feel of the scene.  At this stage, I remove his axe.  Step three, I painted over his face and body to give it more detail and finish look with darker skin.  I also replaced bag of heads with skulls to follow the client’s description.  Step four, I changed his mane to black, painted over his face one more time to get the design I wanted.  Then I clean up the rest of the image.

creature concept art tutorial Minotaur step by step

creature concept art tutorial Minotaur step by step

In final step, I added more light onto the scene and finished up the image.

concept art Minotaur

concept art Minotaur creature

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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