The Horse Lizard.
Before I started to sculpt, I collected several reference images to look at the form and muscular features of a horse and Lizard. Combined with the previous images and the reference drawings previously sketched I could imagine how the horse and lizard would work together as a hypothetical creature.
I built a maquette, to reference the creature from all angles. I started with the armature, using the image and pose in the reference above. then built up the core mass with foil and clay. I then built up the rest of the mass with clay. I added and removed clay where I believed necessary, looking at the reference material. this process help me pre visualise the form needed to build in z brush.
I Practiced on brush sculpting a Pantha. I learnt how to use several tools, and brushes in z brush. z sphreres were used as the armature of the pose, I built up with primitive shapes and curve tubes, using stroke to mimic the muscle structure. This structure was then Dyna-meshed. The form of the panther was built up the form using, inflate, clay build up, the reverse using the ctrl key and smooth. What I struggled wit the most was the navigation, and moving around z brush. rotating and holding shift to snap to different perspectives was useful.
I initially used a reference image of a horse in a pose to create the armature, to match the proportions . however in hindsight I believe I would have been better for me to pose the horse in a relaxed state then posing and taking advantage of symmetry. I followed the same process as building the clay maquette and the brush panther.I wasn’t completely happy with the original position of the fore arms and used a mask and the transpose key to reposition the arms.
The hosrelizard is posed on its haunches, rearing upwards. he uses his tail to balance on, similar to a kangaroo. In this position he could either scare other creditors away by making itself bigger or be leaning against a tree to catch prey. The fore arms of the lizard have the structure of lizard anatomy and would bend like lizard arms rather then bend forward from the knees like a horse. The neck is the size of a horse’s neck but would move like a lizard, giving the creature a wider range of sight. the feet are a mixture between haves and lizard feet. in the shape of hooves so it can run on all terrain with claws, to grab prey.