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APC Cutaway – Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

John R. Mullaney is one of the amazingly talented artists involved in the recently published Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report. He is responsible for the gorgeous artwork of the weaponry and vehicles inside the book and publisher Insight Editions has just released a time lapse video of how he created the cutaway for the APC on their YouTube:

“How *did* you do that?” is a question people often ask me about my cutaway art. Now I can point them towards this…

I’m very proud to unveil the 4 minute edit of APC Cutaway. Creating the artwork, the film and its music were labours of love so it’s very exciting to finally be able to share it with you. I hope you enjoy the film.”

Completing the ink Stage using a variety of Rotring nib sizes. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing the ink Stage using a variety of Rotring nib sizes.

Completing exterior colour using layers of watercolour paint. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing exterior colour using layers of watercolour paint.

Rear section complete, then onto layering the rest of the interior colour. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Rear section complete, then onto layering the rest of the interior colour.

Detailing console array. Note Gorman's chair - I always start with the lightest colour ( in this case the blue highlights projected from the screens ) before then adding increasingly darker tones. A completed element can have upto 10 layers applied to achieve this spectrum of colour & tone. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Detailing console array. Note Gorman’s chair – I always start with the lightest colour ( in this case the blue highlights projected from the screens ) before then adding increasingly darker tones. A completed element can have upto 10 layers applied to achieve this spectrum of colour & tone.

Layering forward section colour & gunner's chair. Finding the reference detail for the gunner's chair took some detective work with Graham Langridge as it's barely glimpsed in the film. We eventually discovered that the 'Aliens' art department had used a particular model of RAF ejector seat used in over 35 types of aircraft including the De Havilland Vampire which entered service in 1945. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Layering forward section colour & gunner’s chair. Finding the reference detail for the gunner’s chair took some detective work with Graham Langridge as it’s barely glimpsed in the film. We eventually discovered that the ‘Aliens’ art department had used a particular model of RAF ejector seat used in over 35 types of aircraft including the De Havilland Vampire which entered service in 1945.

Applying initial darker tones to the forward section's red hue. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Applying initial darker tones to the forward section’s red hue.

Completing the forward section before then moving onto the digital stage. APC Cutaway - Behind the Scenes of Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report

Completing the forward section before then moving onto the digital stage.

It’s really fascinating to see 120 hours of work reduced to a 4 minute time lapse. The time and effort involved in producing something like this is astonishing. You can head over to John’s Facebook page to check out more of his work and if you’re interested in purchasing the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report you can purchase it over on the Sideshow website.

We will have our own preview of the book and an interview with the Alien artist, fan favourite Locusta/Markus Pansegrau over the coming weeks.



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