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I've never been one for 'painting' as such, I've always come short at my own expectations when attempting it which has frustrated me to no end on many occasions, however I feel to grow as an artist I'll have to learn to master this style of drawing in order to progress to the state I'd like to reach later on in life.

And so with the help of a book called 'Alien Race' I've been looking up and considering creature designs. Creature designing is ultimately what I'd love to end up doing, the idea of forming a fully functioning habitat of creatures from nothing but my imagination fascinates me.

So to anyone interested in creature designs I highly recommend looking up this book:

Alien Race - Amazon

Anyway here's my first successful attempt at speed painting, roughly 30 minutes this took. I've got to actually start timing myself! 


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