Starting the Lamia

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What is a Lamia?

I have a reference image on the left there. Lamia is from ancient Greek mythology. She was a woman cursed to be a child-eating monster after her children were killed by Hera. Naturally Zeus was unfaithful, and Hera was extremely upset about it and cursed Lamia. Generally she is half serpent, though I liked this half lion interpretation. Like most mythology, there is all sorts of variants out there.

I imported my lion from Kickstarter as the base to work off of. Work smart, not hard!

 

 
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Modified the base

I changed the lion body to resemble the elegance of the reference image. I used three brushes to do this. Claybuild up, move and trim dynamic.

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3D Gizmo

Click W to bring up the 3D Gizmo. You can stretch your model in a direction by moving any of the rectangles. I used the green one (circled in yellow) to stretch the body of the lion vertically.

 

 
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Starting the face

Horrifying, I know. This is from the Female Base Mesh provided in my ZBrush Files rewards. I put on the eye brows and eyes. Other than that, this is how it starts.

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Adding emotion

Lamia has a seriously tragic backstory with quite a hefty curse. So I gave her eyes a very stylized monster look. Her eyebrows are slightly arched to give an expression somewhere between stoic and pained.

 

 
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Proportions

With monster design, you have to remember that it isn’t random. There is still a rhyme and reason to it. For centaur like creatures, I noticed that it is essentially a normal standing person with two extra legs tacked on. I make this look less awkward by smoothing the transition to her back and belly.

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Progress so far!

I’m really loving the look of this so far! If you want to see a detailed step-by-step tutorial about how I sculpted her hair, go to the Learn to 3D Model page. All $3+ supporters have the password.

Next update I will start on the clothing/armor design!