Menagerie Project- Progress

I’m beginning deeper research into the subject of “Elements”. The question is do I want earthly elements? Or should I create otherworldly elements? There’s a lot of creative opportunity that I can take here.

-More Research-

I’ll begin with listing some different elements and website sources:


  • Earth
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Air
  • Space
  • Metal
  • Wood

Elemental Abilities:

  • Darkness
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Light

What the original four elements mean spiritually



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Four Elements. Thomas Vogel

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Base Formula


-Mind Mapping-

Fire– forest fires, heat, destruction, sudden, smoke, deserts, candles, torches, lamps, red, orange, yellow, purple

Water– oceans, rivers, lakes, rain, snow, blizzards, floods, tsunamis, sinking, drowning, blue, green, aqua

Earth– plants, overgrowth, apocalypse, trees, leaves, bark, moss, dirt, roots, fungi, clovers, stone, green, brown, grey

Air– movement, wind, stillness, breath, transparent, calm, tornadoes, hurricanes, cold, warm, light blue, white


-Library Research-

While researching character design artists, I came across the book “The Art of Animal Character Design” by David Colman.

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David Colman is a well-known character artist that has worked with Disney and Cartoon Network. His work is extremely expressive and unique, and in his book he displays his own sketches, progress work, and finished character pieces. He explains the creative process behind creating your own character and how practice makes perfect especially when you’re a 2D artist like himself. His work is astounding and I find that his characters and multitude of styles are extremely impressive and inspiring.

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You can find much much MUCH more of his work on his official DeviantArt page.





-Rendered Pieces-



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