I can’t tell you how many times I restarted this piece. Anway, this is a request from
for his entry in my “Create a Tyrant Monster” from last year. He wanted Baltan, and to be honest this was the first monster I drew from the other 5 projects. But once I inked it and started coloring….I just backed off. It was so static and boring. So I tired again and drew the monster differently. And once again I inked it and started coloring. And once again I dropped it. It was the same results and blandness and I hated it. Baltan is a fantastic alien. One of the; if not the most important villain that Ultraman has ever battle. So the longer this thing took, the more I felt I had to make it the most original and badass illustration of the massive bug dude. There is a ton of art on him, and some is just breathtaking to look at. And because I had taken so long, I felt I had to go pretty far out and do something of good quality. So this is what I came up with haha.
So this illustration is focused on Baltan commanding other alien forces in his strike against Earth. If this Baltan looks a bit different from the usual one you see, that’s because I based this design off of the American Ultraman Powered TV series. It’s actually a beautifully done suit for the show with a lot of unusual alterations to the aliens. His hands are much larger and thinner. His head is much more lith and creepy. His body is a wash of blues and greens, which is actually quite fitting for him. Unfortunatly he did not get the most of glorious battles in the show because of it’s budget. The producers really did not really understand how to do action with slowed down film speed.
Now for his alien cohorts I decided to go back to the roots of science fiction. Characters that embody that testament of hostile aliens and world domination. First up you have the classic 1950’s aliens from “The War of the Worlds
“. I don’t think I need to say much except the fact that they are probably one of the most originally design aliens that have ever had the fortunate of being in American cinemas.
Our second contestant is from the 1980’s. He is the brain Martian Leader from the film “Invaders from Mars
“. Believe it or not, this is actually a remake of a film that was also done in the 50’s. The aliens were changed a lot, but the basic premise is the same. It’s a band of Martians that land in an open field behind a home and slowly start to take over the town. People are brainwashed, adding to their already potent forces. I won’t spoil the ending, but it is one of the more frightening endings to a film that I can remember as a child.
Our last participant is an alien called The Ghota. He heralds from the 2004 film “Alien Trespassers
“. While this movie is not a remake, it is filmed in the exact same style as a 50’s science fiction movie. It’s a period piece movie with old cars and even older clothing styles haha. The Ghota is an amoeba like alien that feeds and multiplies. It was a prisoner on an alien vessel that crashes to Earth. The beast escapes and starts to create havoc. Meanwhile it’s alien captor follows it, determined to recapture the monster before it overruns the planet. It’s a pretty so so movie, but well worth a watch or purchase if you are a fan of the 50’ genera of overacting.
And no, I did not create that vector Earth from scratch. It's just a free vector image I found. Just tweaked and cut-down so it can work with this illustration. Well this is my upload for Halloween. Hope everyone gets a kick out of it, certainly took a bit longer than I planned. If anyone has not seen these movies, you need to. They are pretty significant when it comes to the American science fiction film history.