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Creature Creation

Creature Creation, Alex Rowe
Alex Rowe, Illustrator & Children's Book Artist

Alex Rowe
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

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Create either a predator or prey for an environment.


Assign the  ecosystem and the predator/prey to a group of 3-4 students.

Each group writes a list of the temperature, weather patterns, plants, for each ecosystem.

Students acquire reference photos for features, like scales or fur.

Sketch and brainstorm, researching and using reference photos for animal features such as scales, claws, etc., designs for each predator/prey with a pencil in a sketchbook.

Creature Creation, Alex Rowe
Creature Creation, Alex Rowe

Sketch creature in pencil.

Creature Creation, Alex Rowe

Block in colors, finalize piece.


Tina Guo

Tina Guo

“I analyzed how the creature would interact with its environment and laid them out like a biologist or ecologist would do on a field journal. I almost feel like it’s lurking beneath me right now! Everyday, I have to confront the frustrating and somewhat creepy phenomenon that whatever I drop on the ground, 95% of the time it would just disappear. This has been so persistent that I am ready to believe anything.

Thus, this project is a perfect vent for me to let out my frustration (in other words, to find a scapegoat); on top of that, I just love the role artists get to play in bridging imagination and reality!”

Creature Creation, Tina Guo
Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo
Project Assistant

Creature Creation, Stephanie Gibadlo

“When starting this project, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work with an animal that I recently discovered and become very fond of: the pangolin.  I decided to pick an animal that I felt that the pangolin could relate to, as well as an animal with a story that I hope the pangolin will be able to share one day: The manatee.  

So for my creature creation, I decided to create the Panglotee! After looking at the traits of each species, I’ve decided that the Panglotee would live in the ocean surrounding Africa. Additionally, the Panglotee has a diet that consists of se weeds that it grabs with its long tongue, and occasionally it will use the claws on its flippers to break open shells to eat clams. The scales of the Panglotee help protect it from boats or anything else that can harm it, although I do not think it has a natural predator.”

Vivian Kong
Creature Creation, Vivian Kong

“For this project, I decided to choose a predator living in the mountains where the terrain is cold, rocky, and frequently snowy. This is because I wanted to use some traits of my kitten from observation. I used my knowledge about my Siberian kitten and what traits Siberians have that help them survive harsh Russian winters in the wild.

The patterns on his fur and the way his ears are designed is usually merely glanced at, but today I took a longer look at his lynx patterning and furry ears. From there, I researched animals that live in rocky or cold environments and what traits they typically have. Bears and mountain goats seemed to survive particularly well in the environment chosen, so their traits were incorporated into this weird bear goat cat etc. hybrid.”

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