Good Science fiction always has cool space monsters
Growing up I noticed that Star-Wars had some very interesting aliens and monsters. I always loved reading the books where they would talk about the strange live cycles of these alien creatures. Sometimes they were just a reskinned version of an existing animal found here on earth. Then sometimes these creatures were totally (without a better word) Alien. I remember thinking about this topic for hours.
Then I discovered Dungeons and Dragons, Monster Manual. This resulted in even more hours of pouring through those pages reading every page over and over. What I loved about the monster manual was that they also had stats. This helped flesh out the creatures even more.
Star-Fall RPG has strange alien animals too
One of the rules I have with Star-Fall is there are no normal animals. (Except for Zapperburger menu items) The creatures must be alien in some way. My wife and I have even had long talks about what shape the eyes should be. For the past few weeks, I have been trying to get as much drawing done as possible. One of the things I have been working on as you could guess by the name of this blog post is Alien Monsters. I'm trying to get at least one drawing done a day.
How I Draw Alien Monsters
I start off with almost random squiggles on the page. Looking at it for some time I try to see how it might look like some kind of creature. From there I start adding other layers to the page (I use Krita to draw on my Mac) until some sort of story starts to pop in my head.
This Alien lizard only has two legs but has a nasty bite. These lizards are found on the planet Turnhout (Jhodian Confederacy). The farmers in the region have a mixed relationship with the beasts as they are excellent for reducing pests but are too curious for their own good. These lizards are about the size of a German shepherd. They are not aggressive but have no problems turning and fighting if needed or cornered (like the parked Space ship they happen to wander into ) The stories about their venomous bite is only that a story told to tourists. Elome finds these creatures adorable.
Not all aliens in Science fiction need to be dangerous. The Ch'Ahha is a small ombnvore that is found on the Agriculture moon of Neven. This creature is not aggressive towards sentient beings and is attracted to G'Dar for some reason. (The G'Dar are not sure what to do with the concept of a pet ... but it's not uncommon for one to take a Ch'Ahha as a pet.)
Elome do not like the taste of CH'ahha and avoid eating them.
What makes this creature unique is the row of ten eyes. These creatures are not on the top of the food chain so some of the eyes are for defense and some are for spotting and catching prey. The closest earth equivalent is if a rabbit decided that it needed to augment its diet by eating birds.
The Warzodian Thunder Bear
Now before you think "Bear" understand that Bears have not existed in the universe for over 800 years. These Thunder Bears are found on the forests of War-Zod. These creatures are extremely dangerous as they are always hungry and always defending their territory from everyone.
These creatures are known for their thick armored skin, Six red eyes that tend to glow at night & their powerful jaws. These creatures surprisingly enough are not apex predators but it seems that nobody sent them the memo. As they sure do not act like there is anything that might try to eat them.
The WarZodian Animal control spends a lot of time trying to control where these creatures live. Having to forcefully move them with the use of powered armor units. (See Episode Four of Star-Fall )
The Tiny Alien Bugs
Sometimes I try to think about the other creatures that nobody would ever notice. Like the bugs. Sometimes they are dangerous like the cyber scarabs or sometimes just interesting like the red-hopper.
The Red hopper is a tiny bug that lives by eating the other bugs found on grain. These creatures are not as plentiful as farmers would like as they are often affected by pesticides. These little farmers helpers have a very distinctive call similar to wind chimes. It is considered good luck if one lands on your nose.
This little guy has his own article. Turbo Weasel