This is a Lava based creature I designed after we had a session studying molten rock and lava. Although it was advised to draw the rock first I took the opposite approach as I knew it would work better for me. I started by making a creature silhouette with orange, adding a red and yellow glow to it and drawing in the rocks on the surface. This worked well as I gave the creature a strong form and balance before getting into the details. Using a slightly opaque brush also gave the rocks a more layered and rough look to them.
I added a lava texture as well as a rocky texture, both on overlay layers to make the materials look more raw. This gave the image the effect i was looking for.
After speaking to my tutors, i changed the texture of the background slightly to make the character stand out more.