Capture Creatures- by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson Inspired by Ken Sugimori’s feat of designing the original 151 Pokemon in a single year Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson have created 151 unique creatures, relations, and descriptors.
The Exquisite Beast- by Evan Dahm and Yuko Ota A series of illustrations of a monster evolving traded between Yuko and Evan. All illustrations were done with ink and inkwash.
If you were not previously aware, these fine books are now available for preorder! Including-but-not-limited-to my and Evan’s collected Exquisite Beastproject!
We worked really hard on designing these books and the Exquisite Beast book is hopefully gonna be really lovely, especially the deluxe edition. We’re shooting for the deluxe cover to be a three-piece done with black faux leather binding over a cloth cover with a screenprinted design, debossed title area, a pasted-on title card. With a ribbon bookmark. I’m ridiculously excited. 8D
And it’s gonna be full of weird monsters and that is cool, too!
Beast number one hundred! The beast’s plating has separated into a thick shell and the front branches of its legs have separated further into weight-baring limbs. The horns on the top of its skull have become hinged, a pinscher-like helmet that can move independently from the rest of its head.
Folks, that is the end! We would like to thank you all so much for your support and enjoyment of this project. There is a chance that in the future Evan and I will continue the Exquisite Beast past its 100th iteration, but for now we have other projects on our respective plates (including Benign Kingdom and our respectivewebcomics). Feel free to follow me on tumblr at aidosaur and Evan at evndahm. Thank you again and please watch here for news in the near future!
Oh gosh, it’s over! Thank you guys so much for your support over the past year, this has been a really fun and fulfilling project.
The beast has moved to the shallow murky water, its eyes moving to the top of its head to peer out of the water or from underneath silt. It can survive outside of the water during drought, but not for extended periods of time.
Every one of my roommates individually laughed at this dude while I was painting him.
The beast has streamlined and elongated to adapt to a primarily aquatic environment. Its body has flattened and a membrane stretches from its front legs to its back to give it a undulating, eel-like movement.
I’ve been looking at a lot of photos of leopard seals today. On a side-note, it brings me a visceral glee whenever someone is terrified of a new beast.
The beast has adapted to wade in the water and hunt small crustaceans and fish. Its wings still boast an eye facade and strangely specialized feathers for threat and sexual display, but do not support flight.
The beast’s elaborate mask has shrunken into something smaller and more practical, being replaced by a voluminous mane as its point of sexual selection. Its scaling has shrunken and thinned out into a feather-like fur.
Aww yeah, we’ve finally evolved into a proper fu-dog.