Sunday, November 20, 2016

Alien Art

The artist behind Alien:
Giger had been a successful as a surrealist painter before he worked in the film industry. The Swiss artist would keep a sketchbook next to his bed, drawing the night terrors that afflicted him. Though his mediums varied widely, his aesthetic was steadfast: a blend of industrial and the quasi-demonic, which Giger referred to as “biomechanic.”
Director Scott was in the process of designing the horrifying aliens for his film when he came across Giger’s Necronom IV. It was this creature—with the skeletal frame and protracted back skull—that would become his “Xenomorph.” Artists frequently influence each other within the same genre, but when art influences another medium altogether, you know it’s transcendent. Giger would go on to work on the next two Alien sequels, as well as the cult classic Dune.
You have to be scary and surreal. It's the only way to be sure...

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