Portfolio of Tim Grey, Artist & Creature Creator

Bug Bear

I had to develop a character that was a creature, through many rounds of peer review and iteration. We would work on our designs one week and then the class would vote and help narrow down which designs worked best and those would carry forward into the following week. I started with silhouettes.

Bug Bear
Bug Bear

Hello Shadow Friends

From the shapes that the class found most interesting, I started fleshing out the designs with line art. Going through this exercise allowed for me to think about the creature's overall presence before delving into details.

Rawr

At this stage, I wanted to make sure that I was also exploring more dynamic poses for the Bug Bear, which would communicate its ferocity.

Bug Bear
Bug Bear

ITS MANY FACES

Once the overall shape of the Bug Bear was decided on, we were tasked with exploring the creature-character's emotional range. I concentrated on facial contortions and ear position to communicate emotions.

Revisiting anatomy

During part of the review, I had recieved feedback that the "bear" part of my Bug Bear had been lost. I went back and started re-exploring the anatomy of my creature-character to bring back the "bear" characteristics into the body of the beast.

Bug Bear
Bug Bear

Picking Poses

Once my Bug Bear was in good shape again, I started exploring poses for its final portrait. I wanted poses that expressed the lax attitude of a giant bear.

The Bug Bear

The final pose was chosen to communicate the playfulness of the Bug Bear while having its claws and teeth on full display.

Bug Bear
Bug Bear

Boogey Man

I was inspired to create a Bug Bear because I love the lore of the British Isles, where they are spectral bears believed to lure children into the woods. They are the source of the modern phrase " Boogey Man".