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Designing unique looking aliens

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General Battuta:

--- Quote from: Iain Baker on October 21, 2020, 07:28:22 am ---
--- Quote from: General Battuta on October 21, 2020, 01:03:11 am ---Simply familiarize yourself with all the forms life has taken on Earth, in every various niche and adaptation, and then, once you have all that in your head, draw something different

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Brilliant idea in theory, but this requires a level of creativity that only the most talented artists possess, since coming up with something truly original takes artistic genius.

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Oh word?

Lorric:

--- Quote from: Iain Baker on October 21, 2020, 10:17:51 am ---Loved batteries not included -  classic 80s sci-fi comedy, up there with the likes of Short circuit.

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Yes, I remember it fondly, as well as Short Circuit, now you mention it.

Making aliens alien is an obvious goal with aliens, the Alien Xenomorph is great, but it can also be good to draw from the familiar. Insect society aliens are a great example, imagining our own insect societies on a galactic scale. Hell, even something like the Kilrathi, big cats with their predatory instincts and personalities shaping their society.

Nightmare:

--- Quote from: Iain Baker on October 21, 2020, 07:28:22 am ---
--- Quote from: General Battuta on October 21, 2020, 01:03:11 am ---Simply familiarize yourself with all the forms life has taken on Earth, in every various niche and adaptation, and then, once you have all that in your head, draw something different

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Brilliant idea in theory, but this requires a level of creativity that only the most talented artists possess, since coming up with something truly original takes artistic genius.

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I don't think so. You don't have to describe the exact metabolism of Aliens to describe their look. Also nobody expects you to make a professional-Artist level painting of it.

The E:

--- Quote from: Iain Baker on October 21, 2020, 07:28:22 am ---I wonder if human creativity in this regard has evolved over time? If you look at the various gods and monsters from the ancient myths, legends and religions most were either oversized variants of real world animals or were mash ups of existing species known to the peoples of that part of the world: For example: Anubis - head of a dog, body of a man: Gryphon - head of an eagle, body of a lion. Ganesha - Body of a human, head of a Elephant etc.  As far as I'm aware (and I'll be the first to admit I'm no expert) but creating images / models etc of things that were more original, or were mashups that blended the attributes of different species didn't start appearing until the late 19th / early 20th century. 

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I summon an old testament angel to refute your theory.

Firesteel:

--- Quote from: The E on October 21, 2020, 02:11:42 pm ---
--- Quote from: Iain Baker on October 21, 2020, 07:28:22 am ---I wonder if human creativity in this regard has evolved over time? If you look at the various gods and monsters from the ancient myths, legends and religions most were either oversized variants of real world animals or were mash ups of existing species known to the peoples of that part of the world: For example: Anubis - head of a dog, body of a man: Gryphon - head of an eagle, body of a lion. Ganesha - Body of a human, head of a Elephant etc.  As far as I'm aware (and I'll be the first to admit I'm no expert) but creating images / models etc of things that were more original, or were mashups that blended the attributes of different species didn't start appearing until the late 19th / early 20th century. 

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I summon an old testament angel to refute your theory.

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Bayonetta still has some of my favorite portrayals of angels in games. Also Neon Genesis Evangelion has some excellent creature design even if one of them is just a d8.

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