So, I'm now sculpting Admiral Ackbar from "Return of the Jedi. Star Wars day is coming up on May 4th, so I thought I'd make a Star Wars--themed sculpt.
Here's my Work In Progress:
I actually wore an Admiral Ackbar costume in elementary school for Halloween. Pretty bad costume, but then again, so were many costumes back then. It made one of the top 10 worst halloween costumes from the 70's and 80's on scifimoviepages.com:
On Robot Chicken:
Here's Erik Bauersfeld, the voice of Admiral Ackbar, who passed away recently.
Here's my Xenomorph all posed up and rendered using Zbrush.
I was watching James Cameron's "Aliens" as I was finishing up posing this guy. I could always add more details on this guy, but I think given the deadline I gave for myself (April 26), which is 'Alien' Day, this should be good for now.
While I'd love to add a colonial marine to go with this sculpt and/or turn it into a poster and so forth, I'm also eager to work on a different sculpt. Perhaps something more human...
It's always fun to see Benedict Cumberbatch playing somebody. Benedict is of course in "Sherlock" written by the guy who did "Doctor Who." I got into "Doctor Who" mostly because I was a fan of "Sherlock", which also had Doctor Watson. Now, looks like I may get into "Doctor Strange" because I somewhat got into "Doctor Who." We all like doctors, I guess. Heck, my brother's a doctor.
Slowly, but surely, still making some slow progress on my Xenomorph. Been playing the Alien documentary in the background as I sculpt away. Been trying several different techniques, but the usual familiar freehand style seems more fun to do.
And, of course, if you do stuff I do, you have to look around for some references to your material. I enjoy research, and I admit researching is one of the little joys of making art. Now, research doesn't have to involve reading, looking at pictures, or sitting around. Oftentimes, the best kinds are traveling, hanging out with friends, eating funky food, and taking long walks while researching within your own mindscape.
With that said, here are some fun Xenomorph crossovers I've bumped into..
Iron man + Xenomorph crossover
Hey, I'm fan of nostalgia...
...and Spy vs. Spy
But, of course, this one will always be my favorite...
Supposedly, 20th Century Fox wants to make April 26th the 'Alien Day' Alien as in Xenomorph...(More info on http://www.slashfilm.com/alien-day/ ). It rather annoys me when film studios try to make a "special day" for their film and expect fans to get into it, especially since the last few films left such a bad taste in our mouths regarding the franchise.
I certainly don't mind when fans create the days, though. For example making May 4th 'Star Wars Day'--it's done by the fans and it's kind of clever ("May the Fourth be with you...").
With that said, I still thought it'd be a good time to try sculpting the Xenomorph from the film. I do like H.R. Giger's designs. A nice challenge for myself, too--something to make on Zbrush and using April 26th as a deadline.