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Science of Creature Design


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Terryl Whitlatch is an accomplished, scientifically and academically trained illustrator who extensively studied vertebrate zoology and animal anatomy. She has worked for various zoos and museums in the United States and as senior consultant on Wildlife Art and Animal Anatomy for the World Wildlife Fund. She is considered to be one of the top creature designers and animal anatomists working in the field today. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Whitlatch has many projects to her credit, including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Special Edition, Jumanji, Men in Black, Brother Bear, Dragonheart, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Curious George, The Polar Express, and Beowulf. For over seven years, she worked for Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and George Lucas s JAK Films. Her illustration skills and comprehensive knowledge of animal anatomy and movement are essential in the development of believable creature creation."


"Creature design has never looked as simultaneously simple and fantastically complicated. By laying out literally every bone of her creatures, Whitlatch makes creation seem effortless just follow nature, connect the bones, add the muscles, and color the skin. These books do assume a familiarity with drawing, but even first-timers will gain something from the series. Even if it s simply inspiration. Kyle Hill, Nerdist"

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