One of this years films which might slip under the radar when looking back was Arrival, The film is very understated and has a very interesting story told in a manner which while twisting and turning still feels fresh.
It's hardly surprising that this film was laboured over by director Denis Villeneuve and his creative team.
Seen on slashfilm the concept art changed dramatically for the aliens in the film from inception to execution.
Speakinbg to cinemablend Peter Konig the concept artist said;
“For the creatures, when they brought me on, they were in a stage where (Denis) Villeneuve just wanted ideas, lots of ideas. He didn’t want to stick to the short story or the script in terms of what they should look like. He wanted variety, and to just try stuff. He sent me photo (references) of stuff he liked, real things he thought had elements that he thought were important – pictures of cuttle fish, squids, microscopic organisms, stuff like that. He also like horses eyes for their very soft and thoughtful qualities and because although they looked familiar they had this other quality of being slightly “other” and alien. They had a sympathetic look, but were a little spooky. He also wanted to try designs that had no back and no front, confusing to look at, yet still with an intelligent feel. I started with quick pencil sketches, which didn’t go anywhere. When I started kitbashing in Zbrush, I hit upon that purplish one with the tentacles and he really responded to that one and seemed really excited about it. I kinda thought that that was the one that would end up in the movie, but a lot of time went by and things changed.”
You can see the rest of the images HERE.