Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Our Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track will provide ideas and techniques that will push you to invent fantasy creatures using a range of references and resources. We’ll cover brainstorming, how to use reference images to create convincing creatures, and essential techniques like texture, skeletal structures, lighting, color, and more. This track is excellent for anyone interested in illustration, comics, animation, character design, and narrative paintings.

Visit our illustration and animals sections for more related content.

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Premium Track

Need more guidance, or someone to kick your butt? Purchase our Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Premium Track where you’ll get comprehensive support from Prof Lieu and the Art Prof staff through weekly voice sessions and critiques in our Discord.

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Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly. Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of learning!

Share your progress

Post your progress as you go in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from the community! Tag us on Instagram with #artproftrack so we can share your work.

Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

Paint Media

Visit these pages for supply lists: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics.

Drawing Media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks


ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Lesson 1

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Combine a plant and an animal to invent a creature.

Lesson 2

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

What does HALTWE have to do with illustrating a creature?

Lesson 3

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Place a creature from mythology into a contemporary setting.

Lesson 4

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Invent a creature using vegetables and fruits as reference.

Lesson 5

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Choose a poem about a creature and illustrate it, including the poem from the text.

Lesson 6

Fantasy Illustration: Creatures Track

Create an artwork that portrays you as a fantastical creature.


  1. Submit your track images + info via this upload form.
  2. You can choose to receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail. (this includes international people)
  3. We’ll feature your track work in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.
  4. We’ll post your name, a link of your choice, your slideshow, and video feature on the corresponding track page in our student gallery area.