Wednesday, 14 October 2009

District 9 Exo Suit Concept Art - part 1


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I can finally start showing a little of the concept art that I did for District 9 - these two images along with a few others are up on WetaNZ.com promoting the work on the film we did at Weta Workshop.
I also talked on a Weta podcast a little while back if you want to know more about the process we went through working on D9.

These two images are two of maybe fifteen or so illustrations that I did on this particular design.
I probably did forty or more on earlier designs. (as I mentioned earlier, we actually built a full scale prop of one of the earlier versions but we changed to this design after principal photography was finished)

This version became the final design and went through a few iterations but really didn't change much from the first pass.
It started out as predominately white/grey with black extremities and orange markings. Neill asked that I make it black near the end of the design phase.
Definitely looks more menacing in black, but I kinda liked the mainly white version.
The very first version also had little external arms that Wikus's (or in it's intended form, an alien's) arms would slot into and you can kinda make those out from the back view.

Now that I think about it, I probably did a lot more than fifteen illustrations of this design....
I'll show a few more soon as well as a few other designs.

I've seen some really cool home made models of the Exo Suit now, some in Lego that are particularly good.
This one is great, and this one is proportionately the most accurate.
Pretty impressive considering the lack of decent reference.

More soon.

14 comments:

Ryan Rasmussen said...

That suit is really sweet. Art's not bad, either! :-) The second sketch in particular reminds me of Joe Johnston's work on Empire. I'm glad you can post this stuff now.

rizal said...

Fantastic design, Greg.

Really cool that we're finally getting to see all the great work you guys did in creating this world.

Looking forward to the DVD.

benjie said...

dam! these are looking fricken sweet man, this stuff is going straight into the Broadmore folder

Aaron Beck said...

very rad thing. nice work bro!

poly said...
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poly said...

holy smokes that took forever. nice to see these.

Mike Jenkins said...

Mr. Broadmore, did you design the MNU vest labels & insignia? If not you, then who did?

Doug Williams said...

Man, this is the kind of shit that makes me want to quit. Seriously awesome work. I'd love to see you process on these. Also that Prawn model paint over is fantastic. Truly amazing man. Treat yourself to a gin and tonic. hell set up a Paypal account and I'll treat you to one.

delatorre said...

Man I can't tell you how much I like that design, its absolutely brilliant! I been waiting for you to put this up, and its great man, thanks for sharing. I love the way its a mechanical suit and a creature at the same time. It really was an extra character in the movie, and its insane how they made the model exactly like your design. In one word DOPE!

Daniel Nobre said...

Who am I to say this, but...

You are a bastard, sir! And you know it for sure! =)

Seriously now, you stand as a beacon in the middle of the sea of concept art! That has to be one of the greatest mech ever designed!

Ben Mauro said...

Sooo good.

Greg Broadmore said...

Hey all, thanks and thanks again. I'm glad I can show a little of what I did.
Mike - all the graphic design for the Aliens (their logos and language) and for MNU was done by Leri Greer - his site is listed in the side bar.
Thanks Doug - I will drink that Gin and tonic for sure!

Zeke said...

The mech suit design blows my mind. Fantastic job!

Vaughan Ling said...

You know you've made it when people are doing lego versions of your designs. Congrats man. I'm so glad you have a blog, and you're willing to share your magic. Totally badass.