As a firm believer in the links that occur between different versions of art I came across an artist who has had great influence on the visualisation of stories in film.
H R Giger
Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" Giger (5 February 1940 – 12 May 2014) was a Swiss surrealist painter, whose style was adapted for many forms of media, including record-albums, furniture and tattoo-art.
The Zurich-based artist was best known for airbrush images of humans and machines linked together in a cold 'biomechanical' relationship. Later he abandoned airbrush work for pastels, markers or ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for design work on the film Alien. In Switzerland there are two theme-bars that reflect his interior designs, and his work is on permanent display at the H.R. Giger Museum at Gruyères.
When we write our stories we do not do so without some level of visualisation of aspects of our stories. How often do we see the question 'Who do you see playing your lead in a movie?' The fact is written stories are a translation of what the imagination sees. H R Giger had a surreal imagination that could link animal and mechanical attributes to produce his 'creatures'.
The beast from Alien led to the academy recognition and that was in part down to the technical people who helped produce the film. However, the idea came from screenwriter Dan O'Bannon as a result of earlier film work. A fellow screenwriter, Ronald Shusett, collaborated with O'Bannon on the project. In other words products of the human mind from stories.
Of course Giger was an artist.
Giger themed bar in Switzerland
As an artist there is a raft of work which has triggered alternative uses in his native country of Switzerland. There are a couple of themed bars designed in the style of Giger in that country.
If you consider Giger's drawings there are countless opportunities for other projects, both writing or otherwise, emanating from his work. It could be that some of the drawings he had created spawn other movies and stories.
I am no great artist but do enjoy sketching ideas and just for fun. The above sketch says quite a lot for me and you could expand what you see into quite a little story.
Obviously, it is a windy day. Judging by the style of dress it is of an earlier period in history, probably the early part of the 20th century. There is a determination in her stride. There is a quality in her style of dress.
These are just a few ideas from a quite simple sketch. If that can be derived from the above the works of Giger could generate tomes.