Mentors- Cory Trego-Erdner, known around these parts as Moai
Mentees- realitychek, Noe, Micaiah Nelson, Me,Myself,&MeAgain
The aim, intent, purpose, and goal of this thread: to teach my mentees a thing or two about animal anatomy and biology and how to apply that knowledge to designing original creatures, and to learn a thing or two myself. Duh.
Lessons and assignments: This "course of study" is going to be like a very small classroom, with lessons and assignments presented to all mentees at once, with lots of one-on-one attention between myself and the mentees. The typical lesson will focus on a particular group of animals (say, split-hoofed animals one week, carnivorans the next week, and marine mammals the next week, just as an example). The lessons will focus first on the anatomy of that particular kind of creature, and then point out particular design elements of that creature that the mentees can add to their visual libraries, in order to apply those design elements to later creature designs. There will be two main types of assignments: sketching assignments, in which the mentees draw from reference (or, if possible, from life), and concept assignments, in which the mentees create original creature designs. There will be lots of drawing involved, but you wouldn't be here if you weren't into that. This is going to be a fairly flexible course in which the mentees can finish the assignment at their own pace, though I may start to nag them if they're slow.
Duration of the course: Since I plan to cover pretty much every type of animal from apes and antelopes down to starfish and earthworms, this will be a fairly long "class." It may take well over a year to go through all the various classes and phyla.
TO ALL NON-MENTEES- Feel free to follow along and even do the lessons. However, please don't post any artwork here, or indulge in spammish behavior. This is a place for my mentees and I to help each other, not for the general public. If you feel you have something relevant to say (a critique, feedback on how I'm handling things) by all means post it!
Inspirational Links- Very incomplete, will be updated!
CAer Longshao's deviantart: http://yty2000.deviantart.com/
Creature artist blog for several CA artists: http://creatureartists.blogspot.com/
Nemo Ramjet, brilliant scientific-minded creature designer
Specworld, a speculative alternate Earth in which non-avian dinosaurs never went extinct, very well-thought-out and complete: http://www.bowdoin.edu/~dbensen/Spec/Index.html