Monday, March 20, 2006

Reading The Island of Doctor Moreau

I'm about halfway through The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells. This is the first Wells I've read and it's good so far. I've been suffficiently creeped out by some of the weird things running around on Moreau's island. Here are two rough's loosely based on characters from the book.

I drew in those brackets on the second creature because there are this group of hybrids on the island with this odd bodily proportion. Their upper bodies are longer than those of a normal human, so when seated they look abnormally tall but are of average height standing. Wells gives some great descriptions of their clumsiness of gait and it was easy to envision them. I built the chest barrel like a dog or other 4 legged mammal standing on its rear legs. It could use some adjustment, but it's still creepy!


Blogger :: smo :: said...

i like the posture of the animal guy, and how you gave him a dog ribcage. that's a good idea. it's funny that's almost how looney tunes characters are built, with that sort of awkward manimal stance goin on. that's probably what makes old floyd "look like a furry" and the looneytunes not. because they're more animal than humanoid. good observatin PEEZAH!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

hey you can draw teacher brackets! so can i!!!

(oh and the drawings rock too)

10:23 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

reading more of the book, Dr. Moreau actually takes real animals and reshapes them through surgery and vivisection to resemble humans. Then he alters their brain (Wells doesn't explain this too much) and partially hypnotizes them to give them basic intelligence. It's weird!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

and whoah, the character on the left with more ape-like features was just described in more detail in the book. It turns out he is composed of bear, dog, and ox parts (possibly ram, not ox). This changes everything!

12:54 AM  

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