Alternate Alien Concept Designs for the Fantastic Sci-Fi Film ARRIVAL
The sci-fi film Arrival ended up being surprisingly incredible. I thought it was a great film with a powerful story full of all kind of unexpected twists and turns. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker all gave fantastic performances as well. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure to check it out while it's still in theaters.
The movie features a couple of alien characters who make contact with humans to help teach them their language. When I initially saw the aliens in the film, I immediately thought of Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons. They were very elegant designs that worked for the film and the story it told.
We now have some additional concept art for the film created by Peter Konig, giving us some alternate alien designs that are kinda cool. When talking to Cinemablend about working on the film, Konig said:
"For the creatures, when they brought me on, they were in a stage where (Denis) Villeneuve just wanted ideas, lots of ideas. He didn’t want to stick to the short story or the script in terms of what they should look like. He wanted variety, and to just try stuff. He sent me photo (references) of stuff he liked, real things he thought had elements that he thought were important – pictures of cuttle fish, squids, microscopic organisms, stuff like that. He also like horses eyes for their very soft and thoughtful qualities and because although they looked familiar they had this other quality of being slightly “other” and alien. They had a sympathetic look, but were a little spooky. He also wanted to try designs that had no back and no front, confusing to look at, yet still with an intelligent feel. I started with quick pencil sketches, which didn’t go anywhere. When I started kitbashing in Zbrush, I hit upon that purplish one with the tentacles and he really responded to that one and seemed really excited about it. I kinda thought that that was the one that would end up in the movie, but a lot of time went by and things changed."
You can check out even more of his concept art for the film below. Let us know what you think about some of the alternate designs.