April 26, 2016, marked the first annual Alien Day. Ridley Scott’s Alien has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember so I wanted to create something to share on that day. As a child, the sequels and comic books that followed Alien exposed me to a new universe of storytelling and creatures. I went from creating superhero tales to writing sci-fi adventures involving intergalactic missions and xenomorph-like creatures.
In recent years, I haven't done as much creative writing or drawing as I would like to. However, I continue to find something special in exploring simplicity throughout my growth as a visual communicator. Graphic Artists like Saul Bass, Don Pendleton, and Dan Stiles, to name a few, have inspired that growth by their unique ability to tell a story using simplicity.
I started designing the alien poster above by drawing a series of rough sketches, after watching and studying the movie Alien. From there I scanned them into Illustrator and Photoshop where I focused on recreating the sketches as symmetrical graphics and finding an effective color scheme. After that, I experimented with a number of textures hoping to give it a vintage quality but eventually removed it for the sake of simplicity.
Using simplicity in design can often work to your advantage. It allows you to remove extra noise and design elements from a composition to communicate your main objective more clearly.