Art and words of Josh Burns.

Posts tagged “H.R. Giger

Eloise and the Nebo Ljudi Sketchbook

1. Eloise front and side view before being abducted.

2. Post abduction Eloise, the costume evolved quite a bit from this point. In the final design I definitely took some cues from Prometheus, but I’ve always like the work of H.R. Giger.

3. First sketches of the Nebo Ljudi. I was going for a sort-of insect look. I also wanted to have the spine attached at the front of the head. The final design also featured a clear dome at the top of the head, with some sort of pheromone producing organ below,

4. This view really helps to show the fluid nature of the limbs, the idea is that they are boneless muscular tentacle type limbs. Although the spine is all wrong, it looks too much like a trunk.

Questions and comments are always welcome. And I’m always looking for next thing to draw so any suggestions are also encouraged!


I want to be the guy who people ask to create their monsters.

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been drawing and thinking up fantastic creatures. I’ve always enjoyed figuring out how they would move, or hunt, or fight. I liked to think it all out, why does this one have horns, how does that one fly… and so on. My heros, like Stan Winston, H.R. Giger, Mike Mignola, Guillermo Del Toro & Guy Davis have kept my mind on a healthy diet of  unique and inspired creatures. When I was growing up it was the “Predator”, and “Alien”…(The originals not the crappy crossovers), and now that am 28 it’s the haunting creatures of Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pans Labyrinth” and the horrific visions of  Guy Davis’ “The Marquis” graphic novels.

Recently I have found myself looking for where my life will take me next. My job now is a comfortable one, Creative Director at a small media company. I can continue to work hard and keep doing the same thing…But I don’t know if that ‘s what I want to do. I see myself doing something creative whether it’s writing or visual work…I don’t know. What I do know is that I can make, and have made, some pretty awesome things that go bump in the night. And in the coming weeks, if anyone looks at this, you can expect to see some of my best work.

My goal is to post a new original beast every day, and hopefully show the world, not only, that I want to be the guy, But that I should be the guy people ask to create their monsters.

Below is the first of many. I hope people like it, a friend once told me “if you like something, it’s probable that someone else likes it too”



Spearhead creature

This is a 3D rendering of a spear-headed creature

This creature has no eyes. It hunts using it’s highly sensitive bone beak, the can pick up even the slightest vibration and can taste the air using its inverted tongue found on the roof of its mouth. This beast will actually run head first into it’s prey leaving devastating wounds, often the Spear-like head actually goes completely inside it’s prey. Specialized ridges on the sides of the head allow blood to flow out even if the head is still inside.