The best thing about doing this blog is coming across new (to me) artists and material; such as Argentine Comic Artist Juan Gimenez. The above image is similar in theme to Soroyama’s “Gynoid” Portraits, a beautiful girl wrapped in future tech, but this time with more of a military edge.
Read More on Juan Gimenez at Wiki, with links to his site and a large gallery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Gimenez
An example of Swiss Artists H.R Giger’s earlier work, from around 1970, a surreal mechanical landscape. I believe its a screen print, thus predating his adoption of the Airbrush by a couple of years. I like this because it’s sinister without the full-on grotesque Giger is famous for. Apologies the image isn’t of the best quality…
More on Giger at Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giger
Cover Box art again from, you guessed it, the early 90’s. Transarctica was a 16-bit steampunk themed strategy/management game developed by now-defunct French Software Silmarils. Interestingly the actual art “Heavy Metal Hero” was produced in 1985 by Britsh Sci-Fi & Fantasy Illustrator Rodney Matthews, the game itself features designs based upon that image, so basically Transarctica seems to have been envisaged BECAUSE of the Cover Art! Can’t imagine this has happened too many times.
More on the game here: http://www.mobygames.com/game/amiga/transarctica/screenshots
Rodney Matthews has had a long career in Fantasy and Sci-fi Illustration spanning several decades. Akin to Roger Dean he’s also produced a large body of work for the music industry being responsible for well over seventy LPs sleeves, his first commission was for Thin Lizzy in 1969. See his site here http://www.rodneymatthews.com/
Another example of a “Gynoid” by Hajime Sorayama, super sexy airbrushing pretty much unsurpassed IMHO – I really like the subtle glow and Sheen
The term “Gynoids” was created by the female British SF writer, Gwyneth Jones, and developed by another British writer, Richard Calder. The word is a combination of “droid” (Greek “in the image of”) and “gyn” (Greek “woman”). See more on Sorayama here http://hajimesorayama.com/
Cover Art for the Novel “The Invincible” by Polish Author Stanislaw Lem, art by Peter Tybus.
A kind of Fauvist Airbrushing which really works for me, in a similar vein to Salinas Blanch and David Pelham (yet to be mentioned here) still not that surprising as they all Illustrated for Penguin Books. Unfortunately, I can’t find out much information on Peter Tybus other than that he appears to have been a fairly prolific Illustrator throughout the 1970’s. His slick style, to me, hasn’t really dated – or maybe it’s just that it’s a bit left of field, whatever the reason I’m a fan. If anyone has any more Info on Peter, please let me know.
The novel itself is a Sci-fi Thriller; A military spacecraft lands on an unexplored planet to determine the whereabouts of a lost crew – sound familiar? Well remember this novel was originally written in the 60’s so predates a certain Jim Cameron film by 20 years or so! anyway it’s available on Amazon
Images from the original Alien Storyboard.
Ridley Scott’s pre-production storyboards for 1979 Sci-Fi Horror Movie Alien, these extremely detailed visuals serve to demonstrate just how meticulous his eye for visual design is. The top shows ‘Kane’ and ‘Lambert’ on the Nostromo’s bridge next down show’s ‘Jones’ the Ships cat, used in several of the ships memorable shots, the lower slides show members of the crew outside wearing the costumes based on the Concepts by Moebius also featured on this blog.
Ridley Scott’s first dabbling in film started whilst studying Graphic Design at Londons Royal College of Art (RCA) between the years of 1960-1962,