I got a bigger commission from a university project: I had to invent animals that don't exist and don't remind you of anything you know (neither animal nor object nor Pokémon nor whatever), which they called Gorbe. It was hard to come up with so many different designs (180!) and some still remind people of stuff (and they say something like "That's a pillow-shaped cat!"), but I still love them. I often felt like designing new Pokémon, although designing Pokémon seems easier, since they are allowed to remind you of known animals etc. (I mean, look at that horse with flaming hair, or the little orange dragon ).
Anyway, the process of developing these was always the same: sketching out tiny ideas (like 3x3 cm) in my sketchbook, drawing 6 of them on an A4 (or slightly bigger) watercolour paper, erasing the pencil so it's barely visible, coloring it with watercolors (Windsor & newton) and finally outlining them with Faber Castell pitt artist pens (XS, S, F and sometimes B and M). Each sheet (= 6 Gorbe) took me between 2 and 5 hours, not including the scan and adjustment of the scan.
They use these designs in a linguistic study done by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ruben van de Vijver and Jessica Nieder M.A. at Düsseldorf's Heinrich-Heine-University. Message me if you have any questions about what's allowed and not allowed with these designs. Thanks!
Gorbe 05-1 Sillageuse 2 0 Gorbe 04-6 Sillageuse 3 0 Gorbe 04-5 Sillageuse 4 0