Skunk Ape Frenzy

Enjoy Florida's skunk ape at your own risk.

  • Final Composition

    The final composition of this project, a riff on old timey postcards and a strange advertisement for the state I grew up in!

  • Concept Sketches

    Concept sketches, four different options which will be turned into speed sculpts.

  • Speed Sculpts

    Based on the four sketches, I tried to limit myself to an hour on each to avoid getting caught up in details, though some ran a bit over ;-)

  • Thumbnail Paintovers

    The various speed sculpt busts taken into photoshop and manipulated to give an even wider range of proportion, feature and fur options.

  • Unpainted Model

    The bust prior to the addition of horns and color.

  • Polypainted Model

    The polypainted model rendered in ZBrush, this is the base for the Photoshop work done to create the final composition postcard.

Project Description

My take on Florida's ellusive cryptid, the super smelly skunk ape.   This project started as a few sketches and then progressed into a series of speed sculpts as I explored various possibilities.  I also did a series of paint overs in Photoshop to really experiment with diferent options for the beast.   The final ZBrush model was then taken into Photoshop and placed into a postcard background.   Need more info on just what the heck is a skunk ape?   Never fear, here is the scoop from Wikipedia:

The Skunk Ape, also known as the Swamp Ape, Stink Ape, Florida Bigfoot, Myakka Ape, and the Myakka Skunk Ape, is a hominid cryptid said to inhabit Florida, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas, although reports from Florida are more common. It is named for its appearance and for the unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it. According to the United States National Park Service, the Skunk Ape does not exist. Reports of the Skunk Ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s. In the fall of 1974, numerous sightings were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Dade County, Florida, of a large, foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs.
Project Details
Date August 2013
Categories Sculpture
Software Adobe Photoshop
Pixologic ZBrush