Spirit of The Forest
Decades ago, a young couple was traveling through the forest. They had come far from their last known resting place, so they decided to make a camp and settle down for the night.
The night came. And with it came Darkness so thick they couldn't see a thing. As the last rays of light got absorbed into darkness, the forest also came to a still, silent state, which was broken by a howl.
The couple panicked in the dark, as the howls grew stronger and louder by the second. They had to get out of there. They fled out of their tent, with their hands held together strong and determined as an oak. No matter what would come, they wouldn't go their separate ways.
Running and panting as they went, the howls came to a still. One mistep lead the guy to fall down a steep downhill, rotating in every way possible while trying to get it to a halt. When stopped, he could feel something warm dripping from his right arm.
A small glimmer of light came, from which looked to be a tree, closing in on the fellow, who with his last ounce of energy requested to the fairy:"I will do anything to get her to safety." That fellow was never seen.
The girl survived to tell the tale. She said some kind of a mysterious creature had come from the depths of forest, banishing the wolves from around her. The creature came closer and started dragging the girl towards a certain direction, which eventually had lead her out of the forest.
And here's what I have done so far. I started out sketching in my notebook traditionally to find out some interesting proportions and silhouettes and from the I continued onto a sculpted blockout. And here I painted a little bit on top of it to get a better idea of what I would like from the final sculpt. I think it could do with some interesting detailing.
I would like to aim to something mysterious like a Ghibli movie like creature, from which you can not know for sure if it will hurt you or help you, but my text shows the creature in a friendly way. I think of it as a traveller's tale, which has been told to widow's children, who then proceed to forest themselves, see the creature and are scared of it. But then it comes to rescue when a wolf pack shows up and it might have been their long lost father.
Pointing out stuff about the silhouette would be very much appreciated at this point. And here's a link to my pinterest board; https://fi.pinterest.com/tylitalo/beastie-inspiration/