Excerpts from the concept sketchbook.


The first "aracni-ape" head sketches looked a bit like the alien hunter from the Predator movies. Somewhere along the line, the creature became more baboon-like. As I sketched, the biological considerations occurred to me, and I derived two species of aracni-ape, one a primitive species that lived in the trees, and the other an evolved type with longer legs and a basic culture. 

In this sketch, you can see I was working out the proportions of the prop. One day, I would like to build a 7' version of this guy.

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The Aracni-Ape Rampant.

This creature came about as a result of brainstorming creature concepts for an alien world I was creating. 

 This static creature prop is sectional in three parts, head, torso, and leg chassis. Built on a 1/2" PVC pipe skeleton/armature, I built out the body with spray foam over wire support. The head is a partial resin skull and lower jaw; the teeth are made of epoxy putty. The tongue and (paper) skin are soaked and coated with a vinyl acrylic. I finished the prop using air brush and dry brush techniques, and then added artificial hair. Its head can swivel about 15 degrees left or right, and the prop itself can be placed in two action positions.  

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The aracni-apes, the primitive ones that have not "come down from the trees," still have the ability to spin webs. 

I had not completed the first prop when I began to look into incorporating simple motion into the next one.