I found a sheet I made earlier in the module of rough silhouette ideas for my alien concept. As I've mentioned before, I struggled to break away from the typical and create something more unique - they seemed to be either Giger's Alien or a Mass Effect rip-off. I decided to abandon this approach, try to clear my head of preconceived "alien" aesthetics and attempt to think of something different.
I reached a point where I started panicking over the fact that I couldn't settle on a final idea, so I rushed into an unfinished concept and tried to start modelling, with the intention of creating the details of the alien in Mudbox. This had quite disastrous results...:
Not only did it look awful, the geometry was very poorly modelled. I didn't give myself a chance to figure out the correct topology and edge flow. I quickly left this model and started from scratch.
From the few rough concepts I'd made when I decided to take a Colossus-inspired route, I picked this one (I accidentally saved over the others when making the turnaround). Parts of the body are covered in armour-like structures, meaning I don't have to worry too much about modelling muscles. I also generally liked the look of this one in comparison to the others.
Here's the final alien concept:
Some shots of the modelling in progress:
I'm not sure what I'm doing in terms of smoothing yet. I'm also not sure how to connect his legs to his torso, so I think they might end up "floating" like seen above. I might add some strange lights in areas like this to hint at it being some sort of "alien magic" keeping him held together.
I tried to send the model to Mudbox, but my lack of understanding with modelling meant I made quite a few errors and inconsistencies with the geometry, so it wouldn't work. I'm going to have to spend a lot of time creating a detailed texture to make up for the fact I can't add the level of sculptural detail I wanted.