Father. Husband. Son. Brother. Kid from the East San Fernando Valley becomes comic book creator, novelist, concept artist, storyboard artist, instructor, worshiper of classic Spielberg and Lucas, fanatic of all things dinosauria, Los Angeles sports teams fan, enjoyer of tacos up and down the West Coast, Kurosawa and Hitchcock sycophant, driver of fast European cars, inherent resister of authority, and graduate of Art Center College of Design.
HR Giger passed away a few days ago, and I wanted to express how much his work influenced and inspired me as a kid. I found his work in a book about the making of Alien, the 1979 film, and I was impressed as to how much his work influenced the final film. Here's a few images that I thought of when I heard of his passing:
That's an airbrush he's holding as he works on the alien hieroglyphics, which I thought were so cool in the film.
Here is his crowning glory, his design of the alien, which has never been duplicated in terms of originality, in my opinion.
A lot of people don't know that Giger designed AND sculpted the Space Jockey from that film, again something that we simply had never seen before on film.
I provided the early concept sketches for the green death dragon character at the end of the movie, and somehow they turned my mediocrity into a fun design. I did not design wings for this baby, that musta come later.
I did these reallyfast for a movie called Surrogates. I have not seen it, so I don't even know if they used the storyboards. They called me in at the last minute, and I did these quickly and badly, if you ask me.