I was lucky enough to be invited to do some creature concept art for a very early development horror/dark comedy film with some quite original baddies based on plants.
My friend Stef had already done a pass on the idea which you can see over on his Bowwow graphics site here and he gave me the basic outline of what the film makers wanted.
I liked what he’d done, especially the weird hairy crawling guy, but decided to take a different approach.
I got a little scientific about it and talked to botanist friend(thanks Mark!) who suggested I take a look at native orchids. He then proceeded to show me all these very creepy looking flowers and stems, which looked quite spidery and not at all friendly. I also asked him about plant movement to get an idea about how I might build something that needed to get around a bit….
I also drew some inspiration from some unexpected sources…see below.
They’re really speed paints, I didn’t have much time to produce them in between other things but they were a lot of fun.
Click on the picture to find out what she’s all about for those of you who don’t know!
Many people find her beautiful, and I can see that, but I think the frame holding her set off the creepy alarm for me. Something about unnaturally long legs, almost spidery.