When it comes to dreamy creatures, one of the folks that is always on the top of my list for creature concept artists is Terryl. Additionally, she is a marvelous person that dedicates much of her time and energy to building artists and the artistic community. It is with great joy that I welcome her to the Tiny Dragon jury.
Most of Terryl’s formal education was in the sciences, rather than art—Vertebrate Zoology to be specific, but after studying illustration at the California College of Arts and the Academy of Art University, Terryl began a career that has spanned over 25 years. She has worked with many major studios and effects houses as a highly sought after creature and concept designer. Clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Chronicle Books, and various zoos and natural history museums. She is currently Artist In Residence at Imagination International, Inc., in Eugene, Oregon.
Terryl acted as principal creature designer for Star Wars — the Phantom Menace. She designed most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Some of the significant characters include Jar-Jar Binx, Sebulba, the pod racers, the undersea monsters of Naboo, and the Naboo Swamp creatures. She also worked closely with George Lucas in the redesign of such pre-existing characters as Jabba the Hutt and the dewbacks.
For Disney Feature Animation’s Brother Bear, she designed bear, moose, and other animal characters, from highly realistic anatomical studies to fully branded characters.
Feature films to which she has contributed concept work include John Carter of Mars, DragonHeart, Men in Black, Jumani, and Pixar’s Brave.
She also is the creator and illustrator of five books: The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide, The Katurran Odyssey, Animals Real and Imagined, Science of Creature Design, and Principles of Creature Design. She has also contributed illustrations to Lucasfilm’s The Jedi Path, and Book of Sith.
Terryl is currently working on new industry and intellectual properties, includingTales of Amalthea, that involve both real animal and imaginary creature designs simultaneously, and recently completed work on a project with Disney Imagineering.
Her passion is her love of animal life, and the portrayal of all species, as best she can, in her art.