And to close out my contribution to this year’s Stock*tober, here’s a classic scene from one of my all-time favorite films: Alien. It took me 2 years an 10 cards to finally get around to this franchise and I didn’t even draw an actual Xenomorph. I must be nuts.
So, I’m not sure what I can say about Alien that hasn’t already been said. I decided to depict this particular scene because I wanted to draw a moody shot and I thought it’d be fun to do a rendition of the Moebius-designed space suits worn by the crew of the Nostromo. Of course, the combination of “moody” and “space suit” means that I didn’t end up drawing much of the suit, but I still feel fulfilled.
As with my previous Stock*tober card, I’d still like to go in and spruce this piece up with my markers, but time makes fools of us all. If and when I get a chance to do so, I’ll re-post the card here to show how it turns out. With all of those shadows the image feels a bit abstract to me as is, so I have a feeling this one will probably benefit a good bit from a splash of color. As you may have noticed if you’ve been following along all month (an if you’ve seen my entries from last year’s Stock*tober), I’m prone to depicting scenes directly from screencaps of the movies I’ve chosen to depict. Generally I try to stick as closely as possible to the details in my Stock*tober cards, but I got a bit creative here when laying out the reflections/glares on Kane's helmet. It's much more graphic than the way this shot appears in the film, but I think it reads a bit ore clearly than it would have if I'd tried to simulate the effect seen onscreen. Also, though his face is fairly well obscured and viewed from an odd angle, I don't think I captured John Hurt's likeness in the least. Oh well.
Drawn on 2-ply bristol and inked mostlly with my Tombow and Uni pens. Oddly, the Tombow bled the tiniest bit on this card whereas it worked perfectly on my previous card. I wonder if there was a slight difference in the paper I used (I cut most of my own sketch cards from scrap bristol I have lying around). I literally inked the two cards one after another, so I can’t imagine what else would have caused this. There’s a slight blurriness to the linework that no one else would probably notice, but of course I can’t stop thinking about it.