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Designing unique looking aliens

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Iain Baker:

--- Quote from: spart_n on October 20, 2020, 09:55:59 pm ---i think the arachnids from starship trooper looked cool, or the shrimp from district 9

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The Prawns were originally going to look far more alien - you can see some of the concept art in the making of feature on the blu-ray edition. However, they decided to make them look more human, and the little one cute, because they were afraid that most audiences would be incapable of empathising with a co-protagonist that was so thoroughly alien.

Shame really, the original designs were far more interesting, and I would have found a thoroughly un-human character far more memorable.

Iain Baker:

--- Quote from: DefCynodont119 on October 20, 2020, 08:57:58 pm ---I can not post Alex Rie fast enough

I LOVE how he manages to make things that are utterly alien, yet with a familiar context.

He is honestly a massive inspiration for me.

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Agree absolutely. I wasn't familiar with the name, but I have seen his work before and loved it. He has created a whole ecosystem and has shown the Birrin evolving from primitive tribal Birrin to advanced spacefaring Birrin in plausible space suits. I'll make a point of remembering his name from now on.  :)   

Iain Baker:

--- 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.

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. 

Anyone remember these guys?

Love them. So well done. Iirc, they never explicitly told you if they were robots or alive, but I believe that they were living mechanical creatures, thanks to the story they wove with the behaviour of these creatures. Oh and of course, they mated and had the kids! :D

Also, the obvious one.

Iain Baker:
Loved batteries not included -  classic 80s sci-fi comedy, up there with the likes of Short circuit.


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