Aliens and Spacemen
A touch of Sci Fi for a change...
Although I’m a horror and monster fan, I have always loved some science fiction as well. Definitely more the movies and comics rather than the books. I can read a really good horror novel with as much enthusiasm as a bloody awful one. However, I really struggle with some sci fi novels , especially the space opera ones. I tried several times while working at Waterstones, running the sci fi, fantasy and horror section. There are at least 5 times more sci fi and fantasy than horror titles on the shelves, so I felt I had to try as it was part of my job to try and sell these. It was a struggle and many a time I was straight onto good reads! If you check my Library of Doom review, I list some of the titles I liked.
The technical aspect of drawing sci fi stuff always terrifies me. I look at the outstanding work of Syd Mead or Chris Foss and find myself in awe. How do these guys do it. I know my limitations. I just don’t have the technical skill to pull off that kind of work. Even in a digital age where you can add a lens flare with the click of a mouse I don’t think I could manage it. Or have the patience to even try!!!! I’m good at making things messy, so I think I will stick to that.
However, on occasion I will sketch an idea that I really want to try out that’s not an alien priest or tooth laden monster chowing down on spacemen. I recently did some work for a new sci fi horror influenced metal band Foul Moon and the sketch came about as part of my brain noodling for ideas. Although it didn’t fit for the band, the image really stuck with me and I knew I wanted to take it further.
Below is the final image, including the original sketch, inked artwork and finally the digitally enhanced version. I see these characters living in the same universe as the alien skull monks in the title image on this article. You can see a video, or reel as call it, on my Instacrap account . Hope you like the image. Let me know what you think.
Thanks as always , your interest in my rambling works is always appreciated. Tell your friends if you think they would enjoy this nonsense! The more the merrier!