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Concept Artist TyRuben Ellingson Shows Off Alien 5 Sky Crane Dropship!

One of the best things about Alien Day is seeing all of the incredible artwork shared online in celebration of it, and one particular post really caught our eye.

Concept artist TyRuben Ellingson, who has quite an impressive background in the film industry, shared to Twitter a new Aliens-style “Cheyenne” dropship he made during the pre-production phase of Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien 5’ before it was ultimately cancelled.

The dropship design was a Sky Crane variant, meant for airlifting large cargo. These different angles of the 3D render give us a good look at the dropship, but we’ve actually seen it before! When Neill Blomkamp himself shared a few pieces of concept art back in late 2017.

 Concept Artist TyRuben Ellingson Shows Off Alien 5 Sky Crane Dropship!


As artist Paul Chadeisson said on his ArtStation listing for the piece, “I have been painting over the 3D work from TyRuben Ellingson, could not have done this without him!”

This isn’t the first work that TyRuben Ellingson has contributed to the Alien franchise, in fact, it’s not his first work for a cancelled (iteration) Alien film, as he also did some of the lovely conceptual pieces from the earlier and unused Vincent Ward version of Alien³.

Seeing more of this concept art from Alien 5 again makes me hope for an eventual art book for the cancelled film, as I’d guess there are many impressive additional works that have yet to be seen.

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Comments: 29
  1. TC
    i like the concept but some of the details don't ring true.

    As a "variant" you can't be swapping the landing strut arrangement around. The original had two in front and one in rear, this one has one in front and two in rear. That would require a major redesign of the load bearing airframe inside, something beyond a "variant."

    Also the vectored thrust jets poke out from strange places now. Although the ones in the back look OK. (Presumably to lift the weight of the cargo).

    As for wheels? Look authentic to me.

  2. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: SM on Apr 27, 2020, 10:06:21 PM
    Hueys don't.

    Apaches do which is the helicopter Cameron based his dropship design on.

    Helicopter Skycranes all have wheels as well which Ellingson's design is based on:

    QuoteBut I don't care for it as a final design.

    And no problem with that, I'm just saying it's a sound design that could actually work in a real-world scenario. We all have different aesthetic preferences, some will like it, some won't.

  3. SM
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on Apr 27, 2020, 04:22:25 PM
    Quote from: SM on Apr 26, 2020, 10:55:39 PM
    Why does it have wheels?

    In order to reverse over the container when doing a pickup aboard a ship.

    It can also just trundle away after dropping off a crate, instead of having to take off again.

    Quote from: SM on Apr 27, 2020, 11:14:37 AM
    'Cos drop ships are spaceships based on helicopters.

    Virtually all military helicopters have wheels.

    Hueys don't.

    Either way, the design is derivative and the wheels just look clunky and tacked on.  If this was a starting point to something new - great.  But I don't care for it as a final design.
  4. Predalien39
    Still would love to see this get made. 
    Its too bad Terminator: Dark Fate did so so badly. 
    The red carpet tease by Cameron hinting at trying to get this jump-started would have way more weight if Terminator had done well with his involvement.  I could see Disney being like, "Well, if he could re-ignite Terminator, he can help re-ignite Aliens."
    I don't see this ever being made, but a man can hope.
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