Concept artist Peter Konig shared his early work on Arrival aliens and spaceship look. Check out the stunning gallery of alternate designs above.
The first creature was director Denis Villenueve’s favorite at the time.
Examples of some preliminary design work for the film Arrival. I worked on it pretty early in the film’s development and little of my work ended up being used, but here it is. The first creature is the one director Villenueve favored at the time, but he did end up going a different direction. Them’s the breaks. Also the ship took a different direction obviously. At first they wanted a nearly perfect sphere, but yeah…that changed as well. Some of the ship interior sketches seemed to make it through though, Konig reveals.