As usual, being utterly indecisive I've modified the earlier Martian sculpt considerably, partly because I felt it was a bit too 'cuddly', going back to an earlier design of mine which adheres to Wells's basic concept of the creature, but with some tweaks to try to make it more 'rational'. If you know the novel, the Martians in The War of the Worlds can be seen as hyper-evolved humans, which is the starting point for my version. I need to digress somewhat to explain...
In 1893 in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek article, The Man of the Year Million, Wells had posited that technological progress meant that the processes of locomotion and digestion in humans would be increasingly, and eventually wholly, mechanised leading, through evolutionary development, to the atrophying of the parts of the human body that carry out those functions. At the same time, our brains would grow, as would our hands ('the teacher and agent of the brain' as Wells put it) leading, in a million years, to humans having evolved into weird giant heads perched on enormous hands, with tiny vestigial bodies dangling like grotesque pendants.
The magazine carrying this piece, The Pall Mall Budget, illustrated them thus, bathing in the 'nutritive fluid' Wells speculated would replace conventional feeding (this is, incidentally, to the best of my knowledge the first time that that hoary sf staple the Big-Headed Super-Intelligent Being, as exemplified later by Dan Dare's would-be nemesis the Mekon, makes its appearance):
Thus, I have attempted in my sculpture to incorporate features which imply that the Martians are, indeed, hyper-evolved humanoids (if not humans), as my crude initial concept sketch shows:
So far, this is how the sculpture looks (it's still in the roughing-out stage, hence apart from anything else the lopsidedness as I've yet to build-up the left-hand side of the bulging brain case):
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
A while ago (2008!) I had a go at sculpting a Martian, a la H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, which I never finished because I decided it was shite. So now I've gone back to one of my oldest fondest projects and have started on a new Martian. Here he is so far (the tentacles are just there for show, they're not the actual ones, those are being made separately)..