We've got several behind the scenes photos showing off several different alien makeup designs that were created for Guardians of the Galaxy. A couple things that I noticed and loved about this film were all the practical effects that were used to help bring it to life and the retro look of it all.
Dave White was the special effects makeup designer that helped Gunn create the looks for Gamora, Drax, Nebula, Yondu, Korath, and several of the other aliens in Guardians of the Galaxy. This is what he had to say about working on the movie:
“James [Gunn] always pushed for practical and makeup effects. He wanted, like me, to see the real deal there on set. I’ve been fortunate to have been around the Marvel world for a little while. I like to think my own artwork and style has worked well within the universe. James had very specific ideas and I would give an interpretation of what I thought would work. Ultimately, it’s down to what the director wants to see: He needs to go through that process of testing ideas to see how they read in the world he wants to create. There is a retro hint in the [Guardians] designs. I was very careful not to use modern creature design influences that could have fallen short in the unique world Gunn had envisioned.”
As you saw in the film, the results of their creations were amazing!