How to design believable fantasy beasts

There are many ways to approach creature and character design, and it all depends on what you want your end result to be. Look to the natural world for inspiration, as this can help you come up with some odd-looking creatures. One of the best places to spark off ideas is with a Google search – try exploring deep sea fish, unusual birds and bizarre insects.

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Emily has been working as a freelance illustrator for 12 years and is producing her own book, Strangehollow, filled with magical creatures and unusual beings.