Terryl Whitlatch is a professional Creature designer specializing in Animal Anatomy, Paleontological Reconstruction, and the creation of Imaginary Creatures for the Animation, Publishing, Institutional, Academic, and other Transmedia/Entertainment Industries.
Whitlatch has worked with many major studios and effects houses as a 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.
Whitlatch was the principal creature designer for Star Wars Episode I. 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 Binks, 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 in the remastered versions of the original Star Wars movies.
Whitlatch designed bear, moose, and other animal characters, from highly realistic anatomical studies to fully branded characters for Disney Feature Animation’s Brother Bear. Other films to which she has contributed concept work include John Carter of Mars and Pixar’s Brave.