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I had a dream a few nights back of something like that. Good stuff man.
Thanks buddy. You'll have to tell me about it some time.
Okay, awesome. Loving the fluorescent green and its patterns. Also, intrigued about your comment about envisioning. Do you usually try to achieve that initial vision, or do you just let things go wherever they want?
When I am about to create a creature I usually have an overall vision for where I want to take it. That is actually one of the most important things when drawing: the ability to see in your mind's eye what you are about to create. My vision of the creature looked more ursine with a vast thicket on it's back rather than the fewer, thicker branches this creature has. As I worked things look better or worse and I have to improvise. Sometimes your vision just doesn't work in practice, often it's because of time constraints or practical issues like trying to render an entire thicket. Sometimes I just don't think it looks good and change things. Sometimes, like this case, it just sort of went somewhere different. Not exactly bad, but not exactly what I wanted to do either.
I realized just now I didn't really answer your question. I usually try to go with my initial vision until problems arise. Then I fix the design to solve the problems. Sometimes that means the design goes in another direction, usually it's just a variation on the original vision so that it works better as a design.
Oh no worries, I got it the first time, hah. I guess that's usually the case for most people, with varying degrees of rigidity. I'm pretty flexible myself and usually end up improvising a lot. Thank you for the answer!