Xenomorph Embryology

  The summer semester is upon us!  The last few weeks are a blur, but the BVIS program continues full steam ahead as I clutch the bow of this unstoppable ship with my tenacious and sweaty grip…

Half way through the semester and the first round of project deadlines are approaching.  I’m slowly but surely learning ZBrush, and I am thoroughly pleased with the results!  Our first assignment was to pick a non-human embryo and model it in any developmental stage of our choosing.  In keeping with my on-going theme of science fiction horror, I landed on the most beautiful, shiny, biomechanical specimen I could find:  The Chestburster.

 

Roughed out clay model

 

Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the developmental stages of the Xenomorph, I will elucidate on some of the finer details of this amazing creature.  Imagine, if you will, that you are sitting in the mess hall of your interstellar cargo vessel, minding your own business and gabbing with your buddies, making jokes (typical miner/minor punchlines, what-have-you…), enjoying some space grub.  All of a sudden, your chest seizes up.  You begin to choke.  Oh god – what…is happening..?  What could you ever have done to deserve such an excruciating pain?  You start to get fuzzy, your vision crosses.  You dramatically rip your shirt open an-rrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaAHHHHHRrrhahghghaaAAAAHHRRGGhgharhharhaghahha <CHESTBURSTER>

 

Looking for a nice, shiny material...

 

You shouldn’t have put your face so close to that strange egg you found in the derelict ship…

In the Alien movie franchise, the terrifying antagonist(s) go through a number of different phases, progressing through their awkward and angsty adolescence before blossoming into the slippery, multi-mouthed Xenomorph that we all know and love.  An Alien Queen lays a bunch of eggs, each of which are home to a Facehugger.  Once a host entity comes withing facehugging distance, they spring from their egg and latch onto whatever unfortunate human, dog, oxen, etc. happens to be close by.  The Facehugger deposits an embryo down their gullet which, after a quick gestation period, erupts from deep, warm, soft, pink innards of the host.  This Chestburster then scurries off to lay low until it rapidly matures into its final stage: The Xenomorph (of varying genetic varieties).

 

Final composite

 

Our assignment required that we crop and edit our model into an editorial piece of our choosing.  I decided to go full nerd and make it as Alien-y as possible.  I imagined this as a poster decorating the wall of a United Systems Military science and research institution studying the species, a la the USM Auriga (helmed by captain Dan Hedaya).  Emblazoned on the poster would be a friendly announcement from your friends at the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, who DEFINITELY have your best interests at heart.

Stay tuned for my next post coming soon, where I present my latest project: an Orbital Prosthesis.  Oh, joy!