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Necromancers Familiar

So it's been a while since I entered and completed a 'Creature of the Week' contest held on (by the way I'd really recommend checking them out if you're looking to improve your creature design, helped me in leaps and bounds), but this week I felt I had the time to do it. And so here's the steps I took to create 'The Weaver'. Brief: -the familiar is the result of one of the necromancer's rituals, so base it's appearance on the undead in some way, it can resemble a rotting zombie-like carcass, animated bones of some kind, or more ghostly and spirit-like -depict this creature being involved with the necromancer in one of his rituals. It can be as significant or as useless as you like -You may include the necromancer if you wish, but the familiar must be the main focus of the image So after reading this I decided I wanted a creature that would eat the parts of decaying creatures or people, swollen and grotesque.
Originally I had wanted a multi-headed creature; but after testing out different jaws it made the creature look too predatory and powerful, when I wanted it to appear mostly dim-witted but determined. So with that I chose to carry on with sketch #1
Having now chosen which design I would continue on with I needed to present the creature doing what it does best, feasting on corpses. And so I chose to summon an undead bear to make a dent in it's insatiable hunger. Now it was just time to clean it up and make it presentable:
And so the creature is finished. Concept The Weaver is an amalgamation of necrotic parts, constantly craving the flesh and bones of the deceased, its hunger insatiable. Feeding on the results of failed experiments and those that grow too curious as to its masters dark dwellings in the neighbouring villages and hamlets, the Weaver will sate itself on their essence and take their parts into its own, limbs and assorted parts sprouting from it's thin pasty skin. Should its master ever be mortally wounded, or suffer the loss of a limb the familiar will regurgitate the relevant materials and using it's spider-like forelimbs weave the limb in place, extending it's masters life.


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