Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Avatar and Expedition

I just read (well, looked at the pictures in) the book The art of Avatar : James Cameron's epic adventure and was pleasantly surprised to see that one of my favorite illustrators - Wayne Douglas Barlowe - had contributed to the look of the film.  The movie is gorgeous and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but the planet is not all that alien.  The intelligent species looks a lot like us, and most of the flora and fauna bring to mind Earthly equivalents.  It is all wonderful and imaginative.  But if you want to visit a truly alien planet, Barlowe's Darwin IV is the off-world ticket to buy.  The aliens aren't even symmetrical.  Some of them have holes all the way through their body and other aliens can fly through them. Give yourself a treat and savor this book slowly.
Expedition : being an account in words and artwork of the A.D. 2358 voyage to Darwin IV

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Far out, man