Aliens: Designing the side view of the Alien Queen

Leading from

Biomechanic Landscape II (1979)


a)  Looking for the Alien Queen's Side Profile
Although I decided that HR Giger's Alien Monster IV was the starting point for Jim Cameron's Alien Queen when I saw how the hands were borrowed from the painting once the book "The Winston Effect: The Art and History of Stan Winston Studio" came out into the shops in 2006, I could not easily work out where he was getting the details of the design of the side design of the head along with the neck and upper upper body. In January 2016 it started to reveal itself to me that the design was picked out of the details of Giger's painting Biomechanic Landscape IV. Perhaps even parts of the larger arms were inspired by some of the crescent shaped tendril like structures. This painting is shown in Giger's Biomechanics II that came out in 1985 when Aliens went into production.

Biomechanic Landscape II (1979) with areas highlighted to show which parts I think were borrowed for the Alien Queen



b)  Pareidolia?
Although to look at it, one could easily state that identifying signs of the beast here would be like "pareidolia", but still there are an interesting flow of shapes for an inventive mind such as Jim Cameron's or Stan Winston, and one is counting on their own "pareidolia" to be working full throttle for inventive purposes and ones own ability to track where it was coming from within the context of Giger's artwork.


Upper body of the alien queen

Upper body of the Alien Queen
concept art by by James Cameron



Ribbing from the Biomechanical Landscape and the neck ribbing from the Alien Queen


Full scale Alien Queen puppet

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