Monday, 2 May 2011

Unit 6; H.R. Giger Influence?

So I had done a couple of sketches for a bacteria and though it had a kind of Cyberpunk feel to it, so I Googled around a bit looking at different art styles similar to cyberpunk; biomech tattoo art, steampunk robots, cybernetic concept art and Giger's name cropped up. Having seen his work around before I took a good look at it and realised that a lot of the 'organic meets inorganic' works are really inspiring.

The art style I am going for will have the bacteria sporting cyborg-esque appendages/modes of transport whilst the body's immune system will have a more 'ethereal meets conventional weaponry' theme. My rationale for this is that in theory the body works in a similar way to warfare. The B cell identifies the enemy bacteria and analyses it, it then gets reinforcements which make antibodies. The antibodies essentially act as a beacon, drawing the attention of a macrophage which then eats it. Very reminiscent of a small company of soldiers laser tagging enemy armoured machines for destruction by air strike or artillery. By making them appear ethereal it will set off a nice contrast between the visceral looking bacteria.

Influential works I'm looking at for the bacteria:
The organic, yet inorganic appearance is both fascinating and repulsive

The symbiotic nature of this image is a great inspiration for my bacteria :)

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