How do you give a fictional creature a distinct personality? Peskimo explains how to design a convincing monster.
Monsters have been a staple of the media since the golden age of Japanese Kaiju, first made famous by Godzilla in the 50s. However, with fewer recognisably 'human' features for an audience to relate to, a believable monster can take time to develop.
Considerations such as personality, natural habitat and the context in which your creature will be seen must all be taken into account from the outset. Think about its behaviour: how will it move, communicate and express emotion? Is it devious and intelligent, or a rampaging beast?
Keeping these questions in mind will help you to ensure that your monster doesn't look overly awkward in its expressions and movements - unless you want it to, of course - and are essential for creating a successful character.
In the following steps we take you through the process of creating a completely unique, memorable monster that's not at all humanoid in form.