Moebius' Alien derelict exterior

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a) Moebius' derelict exterior
When Moebius arrived on the project and stayed for a short time, Ridley had him design a derelict ship and Moebius came up with a view of the vessel in the distance on a landscape and a closeup of the vessel's observation dome. The shape of it might be comparable to a space rocket capsule or an inverted spinning top.

Moebius's derelict ship (from SFX December 2014 preview of The Alien Archives book)

b) Comparisons to Bilal's Martian Chronicles caover illustration
What was interesting also was how elements of this resembled Enki Bilal's spacecraft design for the cover of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles from 1975.

Bilal was another illustrator working for Metal Hurlant, whose work Ridley admired and would later influence aspects of the look of his movie Blade Runner.

A question to ask is how involved Dan O'Bannon would have been to get the most out of Moebius, he was certainly talking to Moebius and seeing what he was drawing, I might wonder if he was the one familiar with the Bilal drawing, loved it and recommended that Moebius use aspects of it for the derelict.

Enki Bilal's cover painting for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1975) and Moebius's derelict ship for Alien

closeup of Enki Bilal's cover painting for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1975) and Moebius's derelict ship for Alien

tops of Enki Bilal's cover painting for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1975) and Moebius's derelict ship for Alien

Enki Bilal's cover painting for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1975)

c)  Ridleygram of Moebius derelict
In the Ridleygram of the derelict being revealed,  Ridley drew more than one of Moebius' derelict and connects the pods with long bridge tunnels.He drew it as an interpretation of Moebius design, but also we know that he has been using the Giger's Necronomicon as a bible. Ridley was not satisfied with these ideas, and he thought that Moebius design looked too Victorian so he was keen to take it a step in new direction.

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Ridlegram: Derelict is revealed
d) Moebius' Derelict Exterior's Relationship to Giger's Egg Silo
The way that Ridley drew the derelict closer up makes it look organic as if it has been slight Gigerised and because of the shape resembles Giger's egg silo. At this stage, Ridley's own design for the egg silo was based on Giger's Castle Harkonen from Dune shown in Giger's Necronomicon. Giger's breast shaped egg silo was initially a pyramid that soon undergone an extreme transformation in design to something more organic looking.

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Giger's Egg silo design, work378

Quote source
  1. Ridley Scott: This was a Moebius idea of the derelict. It's actually rather nice and slightly archaic and faintly Victorian for some reason or other. I quite liked it but we finally decided, it simply wasn't strange enough - not unearthly enough. It was too normal, so therefore Giger came up at a much later stage and did another one (p28, Fantastic Films (GB) #2/(US) No.12)

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