To my left you can see the
original concept of the diorama
done in Photoshop.

Below are some shots of the  
diorama itself, in its earliest
stages of development.   

The entire project began on
July 1st, 2005.
Here I am searching for just the right spot
in the diorama for our Werewolf.
I decided that placing him hiding behind a
tree would be most effective for our
diorama.
I decided, that the background painting
is to distracting for the rest of the scene.
I liked the right side, but the lest side.
So I painted over it,
leaving some of the distinct shapes
darkened with a blue nights sky.
Here's a close up of ascorpian.
Here are two rats at play.
Our Predator and some
rats, scurrying about at his
feet and helmet!
And our Watcher, viewing the Alien.   He
has a perfect view
of all the terror going down.
Finally, another Alien will be added coming from the
other side of the stream, then one more Predator with
his spear will be striking from the far right.
And here's the beginnings of the second Predator.
I made use of the alternate head from Geometric Design.
I also added a spear and a skull.   
I decided to change the position of the left arm,
the right arm and the head.   
I'll be changing the legs too.

I love to make scratch built diorama's.
For me, they really are the most
rewarding work I do.
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Here's the painted acrylic sky before it was attached to
the diorama's roof.  I knew I would have to design a lid
that would house the lights that shown through.

This is the desired effort I had searched for.
Something to
step it up a notch and make it a
contender at some contest, in the future.
Years later I woke up with some new found
energy and another direction for this piece.  
Darned if I wasn't overjoyed at the fact
that I could re-kindle the spirit that led me to
create this piece in the first place.

It was the sky.  Something to complement the
entire arena herewith.  Something unit to only
this diorama.  Here I would force the audience to
come in and see what else was going on to
delight their senses.  I came up with the notion
that back-lighting this nights sky, somehow,
would draw incredible drama to the scene.  I
decided that a centrally located moon with many
star would add to the flavour of it all.
Some months later the project continued.  I   worked
on the first Predator and added him to the  scene.  It
brought me great delight to see things
finally taking shape.  This was a slow process of
development, so much so that it would stretch into
years worth of waiting till the right stimuli came
along to bring me back into this playing field.

It was the second predator that put my mental
breaks on.  Breaks that would put a halt to this
project for years to come.
To step it up a notch.
The final Predator is made.
I decided change my palette
for this Alien.  Truthfully, I've
always hated the black
version of this beast.  Yes, it
might be more insect like in
black and what was being
shot for by the original artist,
but for me it always left me
flat.  So I decided to make
shade of green and highlight it
with pale tints of pink, I adore
complementary colours.

I think it's still pretty effective
without moving to far away
from the original creatures
colouring.
What could be uglier than close-ups of
this head being posed with bad intent.

I added gloss to the top of the head and filled
the mouth with many coats of gloss varnish.

This is the alternate head made by Geometric
Design, very cool indeed.  And the full filled the
exact need I had for my diorama's authenticity.
Wow, I could spend all day repositioning this
creature and shooting him from different
angles and different lighting.

These arms and hands are also alternate
from the same alternate kit from Geo.

Way to go Geo!
OK everybody, would someone tell me what
those dang things on its back are?
They don't blow smoke.  They play like a horn.
Frankly, I don't think they make any
sense at all.  I guess they're just for
decoration ... Like a Stegosaurus.
Maybe it used them to hang their laundry?
Maybe they changed
colour when they
went courting the ladies, or men in some case.

Anyway, here's the back of our creature,
pretty cool right.
Now that's just plain mean!
Wow, I could spend all day repositioning this
creature and shooting him from different
angles and different lighting.

These arms and hands are also alternate
from the same alternate kit from Geo.

Way to go Geo!
OK ... You bad!
That's what I call ... Fugly!!!
This shot reminds me of the first time I ever saw
the Alien in the original "Alien" flick.

Remember it walking in the corridor ... Or was it
the ducting or something.  Well this is how it ... I
think the word is "Skulked along." or "Lumbered
along." or "Eecked"  or just "Eeeeek."
Now that word I like.

Anyway, I just love shooting this baby.
OK ... I just couldn't let that original head
go to waste.  So I decided to chop it in half
and have it be a casualty in the fight.

We monster lovers just love body parts
and goo to death.  
Ah ... I mean his death, not ours.
Just some very cool WIP head shots of our Alien.
Here's some shots before this
final Alien was in place.
This stream was
very cool to make.
Here's that pink tree again.
It was blocking the view of the
Predator/Alien
so I chopped it down.
Here was the tree before I
changed its colour and before I cut
it half and placed the other half in
the back of the diorama.
Here's that pink tree again.
It was blocking the view of the
Predator/Alien
so I chopped it down.
Here's that pink tree again.
It was blocking the view of the
Predator/Alien
so I chopped it down.
Here's a shot that was taken before
the side of this diorama went on.
I'd never be able to shoot
from this angle again.
Another shot done before the final element (The Alien) went in place.

I hope you enjoy the production shot, a much as I enjoyed taking them.

Now you can either go back to the Alien/Predator/Watcher page itself or move on.

The choice is yours.
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