Mythical Creatures

  • What are some Mythical Stories of the past?
  • What type of creatures did these Stories have?
  • Who or What are the mythical creatures of today?

Step 1:Overview of Project

Now that you have the sketches, lets find a person that would represent your creature.  Do a large image google search or use an image from Facebook.  Also, find texture, and objects that your creature will need.  For example: if it is a mermaid, I would search for fish textures, shells, and fish bodies.

For the mythical project, you will create a creature based on two or more objects/animals. You will also create an environment for your creature to live in.  This environment must make sense for your creature.  The mythical creature will also have a story, which will be your artist statement for this project.  

Examples of Student work

The Creature must be: 65% manipulated using the tools and techniques practiced in class. It must have at least two different animals and be blended using techniques below.

The Environment must include: at least 3 different photos, must have a different photo for the foreground, middle ground, and background, and it must include shadows and highlights that are created by you.

The Story: this will inform the viewer of the creation of your creature.  It must answer the 5 Ws of story telling.

Step 2:Brainstorming and Researching

In your Sketchbook or ipad:  Sketch out at least three different creatures.  Answer the following questions for each rough sketch:

  1. Who are they?
  2. Where do they live?
  3. How did they become the creature they are?  Good or Bad? (This is its creation story.)
  4. Where did you get inspiration? (cite your sources)
  5. Take photos of your sketches. Then, share them on google classroom under “Brainstorming and researching sketches”

Step 3: Practice Techniques in Photoshop

Let’s Practice on the model below, before working on our creature’s face.

Liquifying bulges- Choose Filters-Liquidfy.  Grab the push left tool on the left side tool bar.  Then, remember that it will push to the left, best to move down with your mouse when in the left side and move upwards with brush when working on the right side.

Face Tool- This tool alters the pixels of the facial features and structure of the face. Use the auto detection tool on the image or manually adjust the facial features on the properties panel on the right.

Forward Warp– This tool to push pixels forward(ahead of your cursor in the direction you’re dragging) or shift-drag with it to push pixels in a straight line. (Keyboard shortcut W)

Reconstruct- Like an undo brush, if you alter pixels with any of the liquify dialog box’s tools and then change your mind, paint over that area with this tool or restore pixels using reconstruct bar on the right. (Keyboard shortcut R)

Pucker– this tool collapses pixels in on themselves, making part look smaller or slimmer. (keyboard shortcut S)

Bloat- this tool enlarges pixels from the center out.  Like adding, collagen to cells to make emphasis on parts of the subject.  (keyboard shortcut B)

Slimming with selection and free transform- select the area that needs to be slimmer or larger, then go into free transform (cmd+t) and push in the two side parts of the selection.  Then use healing or clone tools to clean up area, followed by selecting the area around the subject and fill the background.  Try this technique using the belly image in this week’s class folder.

 Tutorial videos to making the practice creature

Step 1: Using Liquify Face tool to transform the face.
Step 3: Adding Hair Texture
Step 2: Changing Color and using filters
Step 4: Adding texture to the Face
Finished practice example

Step 4: Developing the creature.

Now that you have brainstormed, sketched, and practiced some Photoshop techniques. Now, it your turn to create a unique creature based on your sketches.

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Step 2
Step 3
  1. Use google image search, set it to search for large image quality. Find images for your body, head, legs, feet, texture, and etc. Save images to your google drive folder labelled “Myth Creature.”

2) Next, Make a new document.

  • Document name “your name_mythical creature.psd”
  • Size 11×14 inches
  • Orientation artist’s choice. You will use this orientation to place the finished creature and environment.
  • Resolution 300 ppi
  • White background

3) Open your body part images. Cut out all your parts and place them together on one canvas. Use the liquify tools, hue/saturation, filters, and etc. to manipulate the face and body.

4) Attaching and blending the body to make it appear natural. New technique! Clone tool and healing tools. Watch the videos below to learn how to blend and match pixel to stitch together your images parts.

Written instructions on the following retouching tools.

Step 5: Creating the Environment for you Creature

The environment needs to be at least 3 different photos. It can be an open or closed space, but it needs to have a foreground, middle ground, and background.

Finished Creature in the Environment. This scene was created with 5 images.
Step 1: Creating an environment for the creature.
Step 2:

Making an Environment.

Use the two videos as guides to directing you to new tools and techniques. It should help you in creating a space of your creature to be placed.

Make sure your canvas that you created for this project. It needs to be 11×14 inches, and 300 ppi. Don’t place your images on of your other images.

You Finished project will be saved as a psd. and jpg. Place the Jpg version to your digital portfolio. Submit both the psd. and portfolio link to the google classroom assignment.

Step 6: Story or Artist Statement for the final product.

The Artist Statement can be a creative story about the creature, DAIJ reflection, or a mixture of both.

Creative Story Option:

Write a story that highlights the who, what, where, why, and how of your creature’s story. (no more than a page)

The story for your mythical creature should include your brainstorming answers when creating the rough sketches. Where does your creature come from? How did it become the creature it is (creation story)? Who is your creature? (character development) 


Mythical Creature Rubric
Image of the Rubric

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