One thing that I’ve learned as an ever-evolving artist, is that you can never have too much paper. This wondrous substrate is absolutely essential to giving the very creatures you breathe life into a place in which to roam freely. When inspiration strikes, you need to be ready to put concept on the page, and much of the time, it can take a lot of sketches and a lot of paper to get to something that works. Fortunately, it’s equal parts frustrating and fun!
This big fella was born from looking at rhinoceros reference, then noodling around with patterns and scales, allowing things to just take their own shape until before you know it, Mr. Rhino has advanced to the next stage of his own evolution, sprouting a long, thick tail complete with fish-like fins!