Making Monsters: Creature Concepting


Streaming Registration Opens 1-7-22 at 8am PT.

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date : 21-Jan – 18-Feb

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Friday 

Level :  Good for all levels


This course will focus on the principles of creature design and help students understand what it takes to create a “believable monster.”  Students will learn how to combine multiple sources of inspiration and reference  into a cohesive design, while utilizing shape language to push underlying themes in their designs.  Students will be taught how to push the silhouette of their designs, while blending real-world anatomy with imaginative elements, to create unique creatures and monsters.


Student preference. Sketchbooks, digital or newsprint are all fine!


Tom Babbey

Tom Babbey has studied at the Watts Atelier for over a decade, and has taught at the atelier for nearly as long.  As an avid naturalist, Tom’s love for wildlife led him to discover his passion for animal art and creature design at an early age. Tom currently works as a freelance illustrator and concept artist for clients such as Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Wizkids, Cubicle 7, Fantasy Flight Games, Sony Online, and Griffin Road Games, and is the lead Art Director for Draco Studios “Dragonbond’ setting.

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit

Watts New Year

Full access online membership discount

$199   $129/month

Available for new and current subscribers.

Use code: FULLACCESS2022

Offer expires January 31, 2022