About the Artist

Brynn was raised in the Mojave Desert and moved to the Bay Area in 2006. She studied at California College of the Arts (and Crafts) where she received her BFA in illustration with High Distinction. Brynn is interested in creature design and fictional ecosystems using research and her fascination with animals to create her project: The Morae River.  She lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Oakland, Ca. with her partner John Mathis.

You can view more of her work at:  http://www.brynnart.com

…and see more of her process at: http://www.fishhookstudio.com

E-mail Brynn about the Morae River at contact@themoraeriver.com or use the contact page

8 Responses to About the Artist

  1. Mahsa Sjöberg says:

    Hi, loved to look at your work, amazingly gifted, what software do you work with?

  2. Anita says:

    I came across your site from a link from the Drawn website, and just wanted to say as a fellow artist, your work is so inspiring!!! can’t wait to see more!:)

  3. Paul Devine says:

    Hi Brynn, I would just like to say how inspiring your work is, Creature art is my favourite and I could look through yours all day. I hope you don’t mind me asking but how do you work out your creatures classification and scientific names? as I would love to start a project like this one myself.

    • admin says:

      Paul, Thank you very much!
      As far as classification goes, right now the animals of The Morae River are sorted out using Linnaean taxonomy. I would usually pull from our own taxidermic language (i.e. reptilia) and then try to classify the animal up to its order with our own words. Then I would create names based in Latin that have to do with the characteristics of the animal. I have about three different translation websites I use to find words that fit what I’m looking for. For example, Pernixus (which should be written Pernixusae) is the family name of the Mardiks and Balas. The name originally had something to do with five toes and climbing. What I do is very very loose and I am actually dropping the first half of the classification for the new website. I’m wanting to keep things a little less precise when it comes to this sort of thing. However, I’ll still be classifying animals up to their families and maybe their orders. I hope this answers your question. Good luck with your project! :D

      • Paul Devine says:

        thanks alot you don’t understand how much that will help me, do you have any other tips or web sights that could help me on designing my own species? :)

        • admin says:

          Its good to watch as many nature documentaries and read as many nature books as possible. This will help in creating designs that are informed. I would look at “Animal Anatomy for the Artist” – which is good for muscle structure and bone placement. There is a book called “Creature” that I like for texture reference (plus its a gorgeous book). Its good to look at other creature design as well. “The Wildlife of Star Wars” “World of Kong” and “After Man” are books I enjoy looking through. Being sort of an nature enthusiast helps. Looking through sites like National Geographic and Discovery are good too. Of course – drawing animals from life and from photos is probably the best thing you can do. Hope this helps. :)

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