Author Topic: Ken Barthelmey Shares Early The Predator Concept A...  (Read 2082 times)

Corporal Hicks
Dec 16, 2018, 07:02:00 PM
Topic on: Dec 16, 2018, 07:02:00 PM

After teasing a few pieces on his Twitter, Ken Barthelmey, one of the talented artists who worked on The Predator, has updated his website with some concepts from the earlier days of The Predator’s production.

In particular there are images of the work Ken did on the Emissary Predator’s and some commentary on each piece.

Even though they didn’t make it in the film, it was great fun to work on them. The Emissaries are the intellectual class of the Predator homeworld. They are NOT hunters and don’t wear armor. They were supposed to be brainier, leaner of frame and less aggressive looking than the big Hunter/warrior Predators. I thought this was a great opportunity to come up with a new looking Predator design. I gave them a more domed forehead and a bony face. I also came up with the idea to bundle the dreadlocks, which gave the head an interesting shape. The black leather cape made it look more like a higher class citizen.

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Of interest are some early explorations of the Upgrade Predator. In the earlier leaked script of The Predator, a point was made of the human DNA that was a part of the Upgrade Predator’s genetic make-up. According to Ken’s notes on the various concepts, this angle was certainly being toyed with in the design work.

The Upgrade was described as a 12 foot tall next gen Predator. He needed to look bigger, more cunning and more lethal than the other Predators. An important aspect was that he has human DNA, because as it turns out the Predators admire the human capacity for dealing death. In this early sketch I tried to make him look like a hybrid and gave him some human traits

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Ken also shared some early – and wildly different – takes on the Predator Dogs!

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Be sure to head on over to Ken’s website to check out the further notation on these concepts!

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Dec 16, 2018, 11:08:43 PM
Reply #1 on: Dec 16, 2018, 11:08:43 PM
The dogs would have been way better if they were unique as shown here. The Upgrade would have been sweet if he had that 'skeleton' looking face.

Dec 17, 2018, 02:39:33 AM
Reply #2 on: Dec 17, 2018, 02:39:33 AM
this actually looks WAY better than what we got

Dec 17, 2018, 02:58:48 AM
Reply #3 on: Dec 17, 2018, 02:58:48 AM
That first dog pic is neat - wonder what that eye thing would have been used for.  Also digging the first three drawings of the Upgrade. 

Dec 17, 2018, 03:28:39 AM
Reply #5 on: Dec 17, 2018, 03:28:39 AM
Yep, the Emissaries do have that kind of "newborn" look.  Not much a fan of those...

The Old One
Dec 17, 2018, 07:03:45 AM
Reply #6 on: Dec 17, 2018, 07:03:45 AM
Far superior hound designs
Especially the first.

All beautiful renderings, I'd give this guy a shot at.a PredAlien.

Dec 17, 2018, 08:07:32 AM
Reply #7 on: Dec 17, 2018, 08:07:32 AM
I still like the dogs from Predators. Looked nothing like the predators and very intimidating.

The Old One
Jun 24, 2019, 05:46:14 PM
Reply #8 on: Jun 24, 2019, 05:46:14 PM
Genuinely love the Hound design, hopefully something similar is onscreen someday.
Maybe a variation on Kyle Brown's original Hound design, Ken Barthelmey's Hound design and the Predators Hound design alongside each other.

« Last Edit: Jul 21, 2019, 03:07:05 PM by The Old One »


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