Predator – Original Design

I was rummaging through my archives, digging up art to include in a large career retrospective coming out next year from Insight Editions, when I came across the last design I created when I was in the process of designing the first Predator for the movie Predator (when I was working on it it was called Hunter). It was my pal Rick Baker who brought me on to this John McTiernan-helmed film project. The creature went through a whole series of changes before getting to this. It was someone on Stan Winston‘s talented crew (Winston’s crew ended up sculpting and fabricating the creature) that added that cool four-pronged mouth to the creature. I wish I’d thought of that!

I’m going to put this historic baby up for sale. The image size is 16″ x 11.25″ on a 20″ x 15″ board. The unframed piece is (airbrushed) ink, watercolor and colored pencils on extra heavyweight cold press illustration board. This 1985 piece of cinema history is priced at $6500. I’ll pay the domestic shipping. There’s sales tax, though, if you live in California.

6 Responses to “Predator – Original Design”

  1. Rick Catizone says:

    Oh, a new book? Yay!

  2. Marius Laurentiu says:

    Where is this available? Can’t find it in your shop.

  3. Lovely artwork. Predator is one of my favorite SciFi movies. The creature is just perfect, it has a real alien and predatory look and feel to it.

  4. Bill says:

    @Rick: Not until next year, though.

    @Marius: You can contact me directly:

    @Dawid: Thanks! Predator was my first big studio movie.

  5. Rick Tucker says:


    So, Insight is putting out a career retrospective? You might need more than one volume. Well, I hope you keep us up to date on the progress. Any guess at the number of pages and format yet? Too soon to know?

    Rick Tucker
    Pembroke Pines, FL

  6. Aaron says:

    “And there was great rejoicing. And they feasted on pomegranates and wombats…”
    (sorry, Monty Python writers, if I misquote).
    Terrific! That career retrospective is finally going to happen! This is wonderful news!
    And to paraphrase the movie Dune, “The stories must flow!!” I mean I can’t wait to see a truck load of art, and I hope you’ll mine the rich vein of preproduction art from your work on films, but you are a really fun story-teller. I am hoping for a very thick volume. Something like a magical tome one might find in a haunted library.

    And to my thinking the creature in Predator is one of the few recent movie monsters (along with Giger’s alien) who can join the classic menagerie alongside Dracula, The Wolfman, Ray Harryhausen’s Hydra, etc.

    Yay! The STOUT BOOK is coming!!!

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