Any good design will always be recognisable from a distance. One of the best ways to check if a design is strong and unique is to look at it’s silhouette. Working in reverse, we can draw strong silhouettes and then build upon them to create creatures.
We were given the task of making creatures from crustaceans (I focused on crab, lobster and shrimp respectively.)
Personally, I quite like the technique of designing from silhouettes. I will likely use this technique in future.