Lord Grub Work Process (ART WAR Challenge)

I decided to take a shot modeling a creature this
time, I had in mind a wise Beetle Lord of the Grub race. Past week and half I've been trying different approaches to my idea. Not sure if I was going to join the competition but I'm feeling confident in my latest sketches. I will post all my wips here until I finish.
Reflecting on this piece, I have learned a lot since this was my first creature design. My surfacing and concepting skills have vastly improved since then. I would like to concept another creature in the future.

Loraine howard iii lord grub14 edit

Color correction pass, I plan on going in this direction. Almost finish, have a couple of days before the contest is over.

Loraine howard iii lord grub14 lowres

-The design in the gold collar and gold spikes are temp. I slapped it together to see if I like it or not, I plan on re sculpting it to make it cleaner.
-Also I need to add more geo in the green leather straps hanging from the skulls, right now it's too

Loraine howard iii lord grub13 lowres

Hey guys, I decided to go for a more in between variation with more yellow's. I still have a lot more to do. I plan on tweaking the metal collar shader more, adding fur, add the rings, skulls and other small changes. Afterwards I will start on the pedesta

Loraine howard iii lord grub13 lowres 2

Hey guys, I decided to go for a more in between variation with more yellow's. I still have a lot more to do. I plan on tweaking the metal collar shader more, adding fur, add the rings, skulls and other small changes. Afterwards I will start on the pedesta

Loraine howard iii lord grub10

Hey guys I'm back, I finished the low. Here's my first texture pass. The major issue i need to fix is my material separation. I plan on doing several more passes, just going to keep at it until I get it the way I envisioned. Oh by the way I still have arm

Loraine howard iii lord grub8

Playing around with poses

Loraine howard iii lord grub8 1

Finally done with the model for now. I could add more detail but I think it would end up being a waste without seeing the model textured. Can't wait to get this guy in Substance and bring him to life!

Loraine howard iii lord grub8 2

Finally done with the model for now. I could add more detail but I think it would end up being a waste without seeing the model textured. Can't wait to get this guy in Substance and bring him to life!

Loraine howard iii lord grub7

Here's another update! I added several things to show off Lord Grub authority or ranking compared to his other minions. Still need to add few more asymmetry changes to his hard shell. Bugs are usually symmetrical but I think few moves here and there will

Loraine howard iii lord grub7 2

Here's another update! I added several things to show off Lord Grub authority or ranking compared to his other minions. Still need to add few more asymmetry changes to his hard shell. Bugs are usually symmetrical but I think few moves here and there

Loraine howard iii lord grub4

Fourth Sketch: I took shapes from sketch 2 and 3 and really pushed the shapes and made the posture more straight. Overall I like the proportions.

Loraine howard iii lord grub3

Third Sketch: Dailed back but explored different shapes, face too goofy....looks like a dog wants a bone.

Loraine howard iii lord grub2

Second Sketch: Tried a different body type, pose is less wise

Loraine howard iii lord grub1

First Sketch: To Predictable

Loraine howard iii lord grub reference sheet

Reference Sheet