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Show me the coolest aliens

ReznikReznik Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Long story short, dude needs an alien for a movie and has given a great deal of freedom to design said alien.

Now I'm in the process of looking up alien pictures to get inspiration.

H/A, I would like you to tell and show me what you think are the coolest looking aliens in games/tv/film/comics/whatever.

My personal choices are Thane and Garrus from Mass Effect, but I think this movie requires something a little more horrifying.

Also, no Greys. They are kind of boring.

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  • BelruelBelruel NARUTO FUCKS Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    i'd start by clicking around on this place

    a personal favorite of mine is the rancor

    roooaaaar

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    the prawns from district 9 were pretty interesting looking.

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  • DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
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    Man. What a terrible picture.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    You can't really go wrong with tentacles. I mean, the japanese love them, and if there's one thing the japanese know about it's alien monsters.

    Do you have a size requirement? I mean, the "alien" from Watchmen (the comic), and the creature from Cloverfield are both pretty cool and fairly unique. But both are building crushingly huge so probably wouldn't work if they're supposed to be running away from them in a dark building.

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  • celandinecelandine Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Carl Sagan's "sinkers" and "floaters" are pretty intriguing.
    http://posthumanblues.blogspot.com/2009/02/sinkers-floaters-and-hunters.html
    Of course, "sinkers" and "floaters" make me think primarily of matzah balls.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Look up concept art for any games in the Metroid series, like this:

    http://www.giantbomb.com/metroid-prime/61-15473/concept-art/52-104128/

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a fucking awesome book. And you can get it dirt cheap from Amazon.

    The art is amazing.
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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a fucking awesome book. And you can get it dirt cheap from Amazon.

    The art is amazing.
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    He also did one for fantasy creatures. While it's not quite as alien, it still has some sweet arts in it.

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  • SaddlerSaddler Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    For visual reference, here are some actually existing things found in the sewers of North Carolina:

    Tubifex Worms

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  • DrswordsDrswords Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    The creatures of Metroid are a favorite of mine. If you want a terrific alien design, just look at the Metroid itself. Its like an otherworldly Jellyfish with fangs, that sucks the very energy and lifeforce out of things.

    Basically its a vampire jellyfish.

    Also.. http://www.hrgiger.com/ ( potentially VERY NSFW )

    He designed the aliens in the alien movies. He has some amazing designs on things. Also the creepiest stuff ive ever seen.

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  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    You might do well to look at some of the crazier Deep-Sea lifeforms, there is some crazy shit in the ocean.

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  • DrswordsDrswords Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    You might do well to look at some of the crazier Deep-Sea lifeforms, there is some crazy shit in the ocean.

    I couldn't watch Blue Planet, or Planet Earth when they covered The Abyssal seas.

    That stuff is so freaky it gives me nightmares. ( Angler Fish especially. )

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  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    Drswords wrote: »
    You might do well to look at some of the crazier Deep-Sea lifeforms, there is some crazy shit in the ocean.

    I couldn't watch Blue Planet, or Planet Earth when they covered The Abyssal seas.

    That stuff is so freaky it gives me nightmares. ( Angler Fish especially. )

    it's the very same water you wade in at the beach.

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  • ScalfinScalfin __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    The antispiral was cool. I can't think of anything like it:


    He's there from 0:38 onward


    Also, the things from the end of that show about the evolutionary future of earth were cool. What was that show called, again?


    Also, the Navi:
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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Daleks.
    Simply for managing to look neither like cgi/stop-motion/model effects nor just like a man in a suit.

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  • ReznikReznik Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Those are some very cool aliens.

    After talking with him again now it looks like he wants two, one flying and one on the ground. I think I'm going to go more for the deep sea/crazy insect kind of creature.

    And it's going to be as disgusting as possible.

    Somehow I will incorporate the anglerfish in there. Any other suggestions?

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  • UBSUBS __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
    Make Octosapiens

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  • MoosehatIVMoosehatIV Saw a blimp once Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
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    You can never go wrong with illithids!

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  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited January 2010
    Reznik wrote: »
    Somehow I will incorporate the anglerfish in there. Any other suggestions?

    Read about the Rorschach aliens in Blindsight.

    Though they're not half as scary as the humans.

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  • TejsTejs Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Reznik wrote: »
    Long story short, dude needs an alien for a movie and has given a great deal of freedom to design said alien.

    Now I'm in the process of looking up alien pictures to get inspiration.

    H/A, I would like you to tell and show me what you think are the coolest looking aliens in games/tv/film/comics/whatever.

    My personal choices are Thane and Garrus from Mass Effect, but I think this movie requires something a little more horrifying.

    Also, no Greys. They are kind of boring.

    If you are looking for something 'horror'-ish, go with something that just isn't human in any way. Don't make it biped, don't make it speak english, give it unnatural contortional ability (super flexibility), and for the love of anything, don't give it human facial features. Instead of a mouth, use a proboscis or have it absorb things like an amoeba. Use multiple eyes, or a single compound eye - anything to break apart the human facial recognition or patterns we love to use.

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a fucking awesome book. And you can get it dirt cheap from Amazon.

    The art is amazing.
    x2613.jpg
    I was going to recommend Barlowe's Expedition.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Expedition-Account-Artwork-D-Voyage/dp/0894809822/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262812457&sr=8-1

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  • ScalfinScalfin __BANNED USERS regular
    edited January 2010
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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    see317 wrote: »
    Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials is a fucking awesome book. And you can get it dirt cheap from Amazon.

    The art is amazing.
    x2613.jpg

    He also did one for fantasy creatures. While it's not quite as alien, it still has some sweet arts in it.

    And he did one for hell, which is pretty awesome.

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