Concept Art – Rock / Ice Creature

For a class assignment we were to come up with a creature that we wouldn’t normally see. I created the Ice Mongeralor.

The Ice Mongeralor is a creature purely made of ice and rock, it travels around very slowly dropping ice shards off its back to repopulate its species. The ice shards dig into the ground and slowly consume ice and snow around them until they grow into a fully grown Ice Mongeralor at nine years olf. Its total lifespan is only Twenty-five Years.

When faced in combat the Ice Mongeralor can only swing its arms very slowly and throw ice shards. If you get pierced by a shard it will dig into your body and slowly cover you in ice until it’s fully grown. It can never be removed because it shatters into small pieces and makes the problem worse. The Ice Mongeralor is very bulky and can easily kill enemies if close. Its breath alone is extremely painful and can freeze water.

The Ice Mongeralor is only awake six months a year, burrowing itself into the ice for the remaining time. At the age of nineteen it starts to grow rapidly and by its twenty-forth year it can be thirteen meters high.

Hunters kill this creature for its ice essence, which can be used for brewing, and to control the Ice Mongeralor population.

24 Responses to “Concept Art – Rock / Ice Creature

  • Have you ever played League of Legends? Your creature reminds me of a hybrid between the characters Malphite and Maokai. Very nice job!

    • Besnardm
      4 years ago

      Actually I’ve never played, I searched up the creatures you mentioned and your right about it look similar, maybe one day Ill work for the creators of the game 😛

  • TheElephantsCafe
    4 years ago

    I LOVE the detail in the hands and the face. Well, the detail everywhere, actually, I think it looks great. It really looks like a menacing rock/ice monster, I love it!

    • Besnardm
      4 years ago

      Thanks, I put a lot of effort into this piece and I’m glad people are liking it ^_^

  • deathbyprayer
    4 years ago

    The face on this fellow reminds of Groot somehow, looks very much like the guy actually. This looks so cool man, I would love to to take this concept into Zbrush or Mudbox and just detail it out.

    If it’s okay, can you do a blog about how you come up with ideas for characters? Like your whole workflow? I would love to read about it.

    • Besnardm
      4 years ago

      Thanks man, I’ll soon make a post about my workflow and I’ve actually almost completed making this creature in zbrush myself 😛 but I’d love to see what you come up with yourself 🙂

  • This is great! It could very well be one of the monsters in Dungeons and Dragons 🙂 The shadows are superb, really brings the monster “to life”.

  • I’d love to see more creature drawings from you. I really like how this one looks. The texture of the rock looks great. The face reminds me of a character, but I don’t remember where I’ve seen it :).

    • Besnardm
      4 years ago

      Thank you, I’m working on a 3D model of this creature and may be working on a animation with it too, I’ll be making a post about it sometime in the future 🙂

  • Radix24
    4 years ago

    This is an interesting concept. A rock/ice creature. Well, the texture matches what think it would look like. It has a semi-rough appearance that would match a rock/ice hybrid. Since the shading shows that it is partly shiny, I would assume that the location would be in a place where the snowstorms are rough and blasting the “skin” and polishing it to a certain degree.

    • Besnardm
      4 years ago

      That’s kinda how I imagined the terrain it lived in

  • Maniacmaran
    4 years ago

    This is superb. It has a strong commercial potential. It can be used in movies, cartoons or even video games. Im thinking ahead. It’s amazing. It kind of looks like “Groot” from the Guardians of the galaxy movie. So you see? It does have a strong commercial potential, it looks professional. You have an amazing talent that needs to be in the entertainment industry. I’m rooting for you .

  • Great work Michael! . Its really amazing. Seems a bit like Tinny from Dota2 . Anyway Amazing work ,keep it going and good luck .

  • How creative! I love how you imagined this monster. Take it from a children’s book writer who knows, this is definitely the ideal monster in a child’s imagination!

  • primalclaws1974
    4 years ago

    I like your creation very much. I created a creature out of oven bake clay that is along these lines. It was a golem. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a rock and dirt monster. I added flowers and vines to give it more of an “earth elemental” feel. The way the creature spawns is unique. I have never heard of that. It would be worth pursuing further.

  • Hmmm… I like it. But since I also play around with sketching and graphics in general, lemme tell you something I’d do as a “next-step”:

    1. Make a bit darker the creatures right leg and top right side of head. That would add more “depth”, or rather more “volume” to it, “make the shape more 3D” if you like.

    2. Using a round “fuzzy” brush in Photoshop (the default paintbrush will do) at 5-7 pixels, with opacity at 20%, repeatedly click at some places on the creatures “scales” that are “hit more by light rays”, at-their-top-right-edge, so as to give the sense of hard highlights. The low opacity – many clicks would make the paintbrush lines overlap and create variations on the shape of each highlight. Then, clone their layer, “Gaussian Blur” it for 10-20px and change its mode to Overlay and its opacity at 40% – 60%.

    Tell me how it turns out 😉

  • BrunetteMe
    4 years ago

    This is a very cool creation. I love your shading and how you even made his stance, he looks guarded almost, because he not lifting the fist close to the threat but the one opposite almost as if in warning. I love it.

  • JayWifi
    4 years ago

    As with the first person, I also believe this looks like something out of League of Legends. You really capture the rock aspect, but not so much on the ice part. It could possibly use a bit more of clear sections to determine its ice, or add some shine.

  • Wow this some quality stuff that looks like it’s straight out of a game. You did a really good job staying true to your original concept art for it and really sold me on the creature’s hardness. I know rigging it an animal all on its own, but I would love to see this guy in motion. His body and face already have personality as it, some simple motions alone would really bring it to life. I’d definitely be afraid of it if I came across it in some cave. Out of curiosity, do you zBrush with a stylus or all through mouse?

  • sophiee
    3 years ago

    This really reminds me of a game my brother and I used to play on PC called Lego Rock Raiders. I’ve not thought about that game in so long, we used to spend hours on it and never really got past the first few levels. I could totally see this guy bursting through the rock to attack our Lego base! Good job!

    • Besnardm
      3 years ago

      Thanks Sophie 🙂 Haven’t played it myself but I just checked out the game online and I can most certainly see my creature doing just that :P.

  • You did a great job on this one! I really like it. Makes me remember some of the big bosses on different games I had played. My suggestion would be to try and make the same creature, but with a different color/texture. This will create different representations for the other elements such as fire, wind, and thunder.

    • Michael Besnard
      3 years ago

      Thanks ^_^ I’ve learnt a lot since I created this creature, and will definitely try out the other elements with there own unique design sometime in the near future 🙂

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