The good folks at Super Genius Games (now known as Rogue Genius Games) commissioned me to do an entire series of illustrations for a product called Monster Menagerie: Howl at the Moon. This supplement detailed maybe a dozen or so unique were-creatures. This product was not about your garden variety werewolves and weretigers! This was going to be all about bizarre and interesting creatures like the werefrog, werescorpion and the topic of this week’s post – the weretyrannosaurus!
As always, I started the illustration by doing research. I found a few good images of a tyrannosaurus and then started thinking about how what a weretyrannosaurus would look like. I wanted him to walk upright and have two muscular arms – I know it would have been more realistic to give two tiny little forearms, but there was simply no way to draw that and not look really silly!
So, I decided to make him big, burly and wielding a massive sword – sort of tyrannosaurus rex meets Conan.
One of the nice things about working with Owen Stephens of Super Genius is that he trusted me enough to rarely ask for preliminary sketches. This means I
had the freedom to dream up what my big, bad weretyrannosaurus was going to look like, draw it and then send it off. Working like that is always fun, although it’s also a little nerve-wracking since the first time your client sees the illustration is literally when he sees the final, inked piece.
Luckily, the weretyrannosaurus met with full approval! Personally, I think Owen just didn’t want to tick that weretyrannosaurus off!
Since we’re talking about bizarre and off the wall were creatures, tell me what combination you think would make the most interesting, the coolest or the funniest were-creature. Best one gets the weretyrannosaurus original!