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All That I Love: Chris Foss

All That I Love: Chris Foss

Scified2014-01-13 05:45:34
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Christopher "Chris" F. Foss is a British artist and Science Fiction illustrator. He is best known for his Science Fiction book covers, for authors such as Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, A.E. Van Gogt, Philip K. Dick and E. E. Doc Smith. His artwork depicts gargantuan spaceships, future machinery and hardware. Chris first experimented with the airbrush in the 1960's and has become widely recognised in this medium.

Foss has published four compilations of his artwork: Science Fiction Art (1976), 21st Century Foss (1978), The Chris Foss Portfolio (1990), and Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss (2011).

He was also one of the major contributors – along with other British artists such as Angus Mckie, Chris Moore and Peter Elson – to the highly popular Terran Trade Authority series of books, published back in the late 70′s.

He also created concept designs for Jodorowsky's Dune, Alien, Superman, Flash Gordon and Stanley Kubrick's AI.

Update: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, loves his work so much, that he hired Foss to design the Spaceships for his movie.

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Foss produced a lot of work for Alien, which went unusedincluding Nostromo and derelict designs, and for the Alien Pyramid structure, which was later discarded from the production. Later of course, other artists were brought on board to work on different aspects of the film. H.R Giger worked on the derelict and planet, Ron Cobb designed the Nostromo, and Moebius designed the crew costumes and spacesuits.

Dan O'Bannon with Chris during ALIEN pre-production (Photo via )

In an interview with SHADOWLOCKED Roger Christian, who came to fame, as the ground-breaking art director of Stars Wars (1977) and Alien (1979) had this to say about Chris Foss:

"In Star Wars, there's a robot in the line-up with the sandcrawler when they're buying R2-D2 and C-3PO…I did do a homage, because I felt I should, to Chris Foss, because he did some very early designs for that and he was always a favourite of mine. So I made one and designed it up out of scrap as if it might have been in a Chris Foss painting, and that was my homage to him, because I always thought he was a genius as an artist."

Below is The "Foss Robot" as it appears in Star Wars.

Above images via: sideshowcollectors

Nominations: Locus Award for Best Art Book: 21st CENTURY FOSS

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Pyramid Design for Alien (Picture credit-

 Spice Transport for Dune

 Dune artwork via the excellent

Below are some unused designs for Flash Gordon via FILM SKETCHR

Alien movie news, trailers and cast

Alien May 25th, 1979

More about Alien (movie)

When the crew of the space-tug Nostromo answers a distress call from a desolate planet, they discover a deadly alien life form that breeds with a human host. And so the horror begins - a horror which will end the lives of six crewmembers and alter the life of the seventh forever. Sigourney Weaver stars as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in one of the most suspenseful and powerful science fiction films of all time.

Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien's release date is May 25th, 1979.

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Written by LonePublished on 2014-01-13 05:45:34
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4 Fan responses to All That I Love: Chris Foss


Jan-14-2014 2:08 AM

Certainly one the best of all-time, at least that there will be in my lifetime. You can't judge a book by it's cover? Sure you can when it features art by Chris Foss, most defentily instumental in selling Sci-Fi novels. I was many times gulity of simply buyig a book, just for the cover art, sometimes I eventually read the book, and just as many times I didn't. The man sure knew how to color them, and just the same with the detailing. His art reached right-off the shelf at you, maybe more so back then when people actually had to pound the pavement to find this stuff.
The TTA book series was one that I really enjoyed, also others related, maybe you remember them.
These books really sparked kids' imagination that read them, including me too. The backstory was quite vague, but enough along with the (recycled) art to somewhat fill-in all the blanks yourself, overtime. For me, they were definitely a lead-in to eventually collecting HEAVY METAL, monthly, and anything even semi-related. I probably lent the original set of the TTA books out (my English versions), over 100 times to other kids, and always got them back, too.
Needed to repost because of the System Errors.
Bonus Video:
Spacecraft 2000-2100AD
Thanks Lone,
good article, super blog.


Jan-14-2014 5:09 AM

Thanks Sawa!

There was so much great work around back then, not always easy to come by, but certainly prized when aquired. The TTA books blew my mind!

I thought it was a good idea to have a little bit of 'older' Sci-fi artwork on site for the 'younglings' to have a peek at. LOL

Spacecraft 2000-2100AD video is awesome! ;)

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