Mike Rayahwk
"On Patrol"
Lizard Creature Design: "On Patrol" - digital, 2006

Lizard Anatomy: Sculpture

Lizard Anatomy: Sculpture

 

One of the fun bits about the Cats and Lizards project is designing creature anatomy. I needed to get pretty specific about designing the internal anatomy since so many characters of both species get chopped up, recycled for parts, or end up as rotting undead late in the story.

Lizard Anatomy: Bones
Lizard Anatomy: Bones


A couple visits to the Natural History Museum gave me some good building blocks to work with. The arm structure of a giant ground sloth gave me the power and limited maneuverability I was looking for, and the pelvic structure of the tyrannosaurus gave a good basis for suspension.

Lizard Anatomy: Skeleton
Lizard Anatomy: Skeleton


After that it was a matter of balancing everything together. This early sketch had a catlike skull and limbs on a fishlike spinal structure.

Later I moved the center of gravity into the lower back to give more precise two-legged balance, to change the overall proportions and posture to be more frog-like, and to replace catlike features with reptilian ones.

Lizard Anatomy: Head
Lizard Anatomy: Head


The lizard's skull and face were a lot of fun - due to the lizard's large size (fifteen to twenty-five feet in length), the skull needed a number of fossae to keep from becoming too heavy. Fortunately there are plenty of good examples to draw from among the birds and dinosaurs.

Lizard Anatomy: Sculpture
Lizard Anatomy: Bones
Lizard Anatomy: Meat

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