Terryl Whitlatch

Terryl Whitlatch is a creature designer and nature illustrator whose 25+ year career has seen her work on films like Star Wars, Brother Bear, John Carter of Mars and Brave.

Creature design by Terryl Whitlatch Creature design by Terryl Whitlatch

She combines an incredible attention to, and knowledge of anatomy and structure with a rich imagination and storytelling, producing animal and creature designs that seem real and fantastical at the same time.

Creature design by Terryl Whitlatch Creature design by Terryl Whitlatch

Her marker work is light, smooth and loose, with pen lines thin and tight.  I love how she describes form with such little light/dark contrast.

Visit talesofamalthea.com for more of her work, or pick up one of her awesome books on Amazon:

Animals Real and Imagined

The Science of Creature Design

Happy sketching!
Creature design by Terryl Whitlatch

Rolleicord TLR camera

Marker sketch of Twin Lens Reflex camera

TLR camera sketch by me

The Rolleicord was a Twin Lens Reflex camera series by German manufacturers Franke & Heidecke from  1933 to 1976.

The sketch above is based on my own K3D model from ’53 – ’54, given to me by my father-in-law.  It still shoots amazing quality photographs, and luckily 120 film isn’t as hard to come by as I had feared.

For some reason I gave the sketch a “Rolleyflap” label.

Airplane sketch

Marker sketch of a B13 Vultee airplane

BT-13 Vultee sketch by me

The BT-13 Vultee Valiant was a training aircraft flown by American pilots during WWII.   Made by Vultee Aircraft , the first one flew in 1939.

With all variants of this included, some 10,000 – 13,000 were produced during the war.

Later, they were sold cheap as surplus, some of which were to appear in the 1969 film “Tora! Tora! Tora!”


Two wonderful things…

lazybot sketch by me

lazybot sketch by me

…are coffee and drawing.

Add a robot, and things are just peachy.  I remember quite well when and where I sketched this, at a newly opened cafe in Brisbane while I was studying there.

I suspect I should have been working on something terribly boring related to a report, but instead I ran off, had a coffee and externalised my procrastination into this.  It’s not me being lazy you see, it’s this robot.

Vehicle sketches from the legend Syd Mead

Syd Mead – the legendary concept artist and futurist behind the visual style of, among other things, the movie classic Bladerunner.

These sketches are from his 2001 book Syd Mead’s Sentury, which I am lucky enough to own a first edition copy of.

Rover down final

Syd Mead – Rover for Mission to Mars

Mead’s sketches (and other works, including acrylic and gouache and even some digital work) vary quite a bit in style.

These examples show a range from the already tightly designed Mars rover, shown with well-planned crisp lines and high contrast shading (against a loose, indicative marker background that is somewhat of a Mead trademark) to the Omni Comix vehicle that lets the viewer interpret most of the detail.

Rover at dome final

Syd Mead – Rover for Mission to Mars

Syd Mead vehicle

Syd Mead – vehicle for Omni Comix

Syd Mead’s work is so excellent and plentiful that he is bound to be an inspiration  source to come back to –  for industrial designers, concept designers and graphic designers for sure, but most likely for later blog posts here as well.