Cool Sci-Fi Concept and Background Art

Incredible Ghost in the Shell concept art by Weta Digital artists

Open Geisha Design – Artist: Nick Keller.

I love the peeled persona images because I often use that metaphor in my own drawings. 4000 BC old technique of drawing with 21st century imagination.

Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller
Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller
Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller

Open Geisha Design – Artist: Nick Keller

Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller
Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller
Open Geisha Design - Artist: Nick Keller

Open Geisha Design – Artist: Dane Madgwick

Open Geisha Design - Artist: Dane Madgwick


Skinny Man Chase Environment – Artists: Adam Middleton + Maciej Kuciara
Skinny Man Chase Environment - Artists: Adam Middleton + Maciej Kuciara

 

and more incredible concepts at the Weta Digital artstation page

https://www.artstation.com/wetaworkshopdesignstudio

 

The Stunning Beauty of Episode III

All these are stunning and I have seen them, well, thousands of times. It is a testament to George’s genius, and to the talent at Lucasflim that he put together to work on his films. George was just great at picking great people to work for him, this was his greatest talent. He was a good man, a great man, and a visionary and he is terribly missed.
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All art directors at Lucas were very strong. The other company i know of with really excellent art direction is Pixar, a legacy of excellence. And this was only because of peer pressure. Meetings at Lucas were essentially a committee picking everything in a scene apart. A weak art director would never last long, i’d say the greatest and real form of meritocracy i have seen in a company. Every artist that joined the team was handpicked and went through grueling round of interviews where everyone pretty much needed to weigh in if the candidate is worthy. Every art meeting was also a committee where everyone got to see everyone else’s work so the peer pressure was enormous.  The equality of the art reflects exactly that great meritocratic process. In other words, if you sucked – you were out.

 

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Immortal the movie – turned out the director is a concept artist Enki Bilal who inspired the Fifth Element and Blade Runner sets

Often there is something ABOUT things that you can’t really pinpoint – is it the story, the colors, the quirks.. the quarks;) ? There is something about  movie or a story that you know you like against all better judgement.. I am still mining words for this as it is still fresh in my mind. but last night i looked a bit into the guy who directed the movie, Enki Bilal – a serbian comic artist whose comic books it turned out, in the 80s, inspired Blade Runner and The Fifth Element, as opposed to the other way around. Once I found that bit of information i started to look at the sets with fresh eyes… because the sets and the architecture did remind me of the Fifth Element and my first reaction was to think that immortals borrowed ideas from it. Quite the opposite.

 

Remember the yellow taxi from the Fifth Element??

 

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Corbin? Corbin Dallas?

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Enki Bilal‘s futuristic visions were created for his Nikopol comic book series:

“.. In 1980 he began his award-winning ‘Nikopol-trilogy’, including the books ‘La Foire aux Immortels’, ‘La Femme Piège’ and ‘Froid Équateur’. Besides these comics activities, Enki Bilal started working in film, theater and opera. He created sets, costumes and posters for a theater play and worked on two feature films.”

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I love every bit of Enki Bilal’s futuristic visions. Here are some of his concepts:

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Immortal (2004 film) – Wikipedia

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