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Internecivus Raptus Family by Rodrigo-Vega Internecivus Raptus Family by Rodrigo-Vega
So the other day I dreamt of a Xenomorph floating inside a spaceship in 0 gravity that entered a chamber and then there was blood splattered out of the entrance. It was pretty cool, then I must have read something and felt like drawing xenomorphs.
I never could find a picture like this, a guide in a uniform style that showed all of their different forms.
This are the "basic" human hosted aliens. Other types of alien-related creatures have been seen in the media, but here there are no weird experiments (like the Rogue or the Newborn) or breeds with any non-human host (like the predalien or the runner)

I think this is one of the largest, most detailed drawings I made so far. I think I should go back to shading or painting right? more impressive than just line drawings? I think I'm over doing this.
Anyway, it's an interesting note that I also did this in a single day. Thats right I started around 15:00 and then in the evening I kept drawing while watching God, The Devil & Bob (as in, the entire series) until about 4:00 in the morning. I was in a trance or something right about the end.

1- The egg.. it comes out of the queen.

2- The standard facehugger.

3- The controversial super facehugger. It did appear in the third movie but it was not called as such. Believed to be the only way through which queens are born... but then on AVPR we see a queen comming out of a predalien that was caught by a regular facehugger.
Well, at least we can say that the super facehugger might carry more than one embryo, from which one happened to be a queen.. or maybe is more likely to be.
Anyway, it's also very likely that strong aliens might turn into queens if there is none around, like Specimen 6 did.

4- Chestburster (minimal bursting development)

a) My theory is that since some aliens are born with little arms
thats the first thing to develop outside the host if born, like in the first movie, without them.

b) Then the legs, a few more are also born with crawling legs, like the runner and the queen.

c) And this one is never show, but I guess it must have existed. It's basically a "xenomorph child" in which the hind legs are strong enough to sustain the entire weight (unlike the previous crawler stage)but still has to grow and shred some skins.

5- The Drone as seen in the movie Alien.

6- The warrior as seen in subsecuent movies, stronger tail with larger blade, longer fingers, ridged head.

7- The Queen Chestburster. It would porbably undego a development like a) b) c) but with a crest and end up becoming a praetorian instead of a drone or warrior.

8 - A large praetorian...
It also gets a little confusing here, according to the AVPR (I hate to think of it as canon..) the predalien there was one of these, probably a small and young one, and was considered a young queen. That why it has that weird method of introducing embryos without facehuggers..
Now if this is true that means under proper conditions regular aliens can become pratorians and then queens.. or something like that.
BUT in Alien Resurection we have a queen that was born as such in her own caste and had the distinctive crest even when she was inside Ripley.. so maybe boths methods are valid?
Maybe queens can be born from special embryos or 'ascended'
from lower castes.

9- A small queen. As seen in Aliens.

10- The empress as seen.. hmn.. well the one in the first AVP movie was probably a small empress or a large queen, or maybe an empress IS just an old, large queen. Any way.

I hope you enjoyed.

PS: should I rise the contrast?, it looked decent in this computer but it was all to lighted up at home, are you sure you can all see the details clearly?
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Yu-Gi-Nos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Student General Artist
This is SUPERB! I had forgotten about the Empress (she's appeared in a lot of games).

Is she the supreme ruler (as her role sounds like the "Queen Mother" from those comics/novels)?
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SmokeApe47 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
I Wonder what's the diference between The queen and the empress. I always thought they were the same. Anyways, Nice art man!
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Really great line art chart of many of the 'xenomorph' types from the films and other fiction. Alien Emote :thumbsup:
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AFlahrman Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
I love this, it really gives a great idea as to the life cycle of the alien, I also enjoy that you pointed out the differences between the warrior and the drone. I've argued the point to my friends countless times that the alien in the first movie was a drone and not a warrior. excellent job Clap  I am a dummy!  La la la la 
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GonzaNKetchup Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Fabulantastic !
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
awesome, i love the Xenomorphs, those biomechanical aliens are always cool.
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LuisCayetano Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Incredible!
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AdroXen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
can you*
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AdroXen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
you can do a tutorial of how you draw a xenomorph? basic forms of the head... proportions...
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prehistoricjack Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
Can you also put the Predators, Predalien and species on there?
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XenoTeeth3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015
cool dude
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XenoTeeth3 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
if you made it al by your self , that you draw it yourself
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Why of course : )
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GreenHive Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best Alien Drawing ive ever seen
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XenoTeeth3 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
self made?
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
What do you mean? : P
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fugimoto Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
could do with more contrast for better visablaty
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AndyBlueEyes Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A good chart though I think an example of the Empress would be the AVP 2010 game aka the Matriarch and in AVP Extinction so I guess thought can be viewed as examples. But my question is will you do future male Xenomorphs like an Xeno King. The Rogue, or at least your version of what a male Xeno clan would look like, because Xenos are like Ants & Termites. Live in a colony and almost all of them are females.
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MadMonty13 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagine that the Queen xenomorphs have a means of controlling what kind of alien is produced in each egg, like real life ants or bees (probably with hormones and such). I also imagine that a dominant drone or warrior in a group, or a single healthy drone like Subject 6, can 'ascend' to become a Queen if there isn't one present (a kind of evolutionary plan B to ensure the survival of the species). As I understand it, the aliens can duplicate any beneficial genetics that their hosts may have had (thus, the Runners are faster than drones).

Kickass work, keep it up! :D
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campbrian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Filmographer
love this i'm a add to fav K
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Cursed-Weaver Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Artist
Great artwork!
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DELIRIO88 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do the same thing with the tremors' saga! :)
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not a bad idea at all!
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DELIRIO88 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HYPE!
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cxmbUfuckingasshole Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
genial!
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LRitchieInk Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Really love this. Awesome!
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khiirhiidhos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Magnificent love all the details.
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secondhandben Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Whoaaa, awesome!
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haruau Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
daymm! that empress is huge!
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Are you going to do a retouch of this that includes the creatures from Prometheus?  There were a few.  I can speculate a bit on two of them that might NOT quite be what they seem.

I don't think that that the Alien as we know it was anything but an unintentional side effect to an Engineer project.  After all, the folks infected straight from the alien ship just sort of mutated and became feral.  Doctor Shaw was infected through intercourse:  only through her contaminated conception did the creature's lineage start to emerge.  That Lovecraftian horror she birthed seemed like a giant, boneless Facehugger.

It seems clear to me that the Engineers used genetic code from the simple creature that attacked Fifield and Milburn for a biological agent, and didn't fully consider the final product.

After all these years of wondering, I was able to see in that strange serpent Stage 0 of Alien evolution.  It's such a simple, graceful little thing.  
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
As I think I've pointed out in the description, Ive only used basic human-alien-offspring and their hierarchies as depicted in the original films for the sake of not spending the rest of my life drawing every imaginable alien offspring from all spin-offs, comics and games.
But I appreciate your interest :)
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I kinda forgot.  But I just thought the Stage-0 Facehugger might be an interesting addition.
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knightr33 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
How amazing :la:
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TheBug-59 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist
So cool...O_O
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J82 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Very good here, the detailing is excillent with the various size diffrences, and each one really stands out.  The Empress is by far the best one, this is sort as who I see what she would look like.  I think the Empress Alien was first introduced in Aliens Earth War or as it is now called Aliens the Female War, and also appeared in Aliens vs Predator 2 the video game.  In the comics she is different and somewhat kind of pathetic looking.  But in the novel she's described as being far more imposing, similar in look to a regular queen, (she has four arms), but larger almost giant in proportion to the normal Alien queens.  She was also protected by a special Class of Royal Guard like Aliens, they are depicted as being the same size as an Alien queen, but with elongated spiked heads, and have massive foward protruding horns from the sides of their heads.      
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Wolfrage76 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Even through I hate 'em creatures with no end, ya did a very awesome job here. Is looks really detailed. Keep the good work.
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VillalobosDStudios Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is amazing you should host it on Behance www.behance.net/AlexVillalobos
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A-Chenery Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Possibly the nicest Alien art on DA. *Claps*
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think that the Predalien from AVPR was on the way to evolve into a praetorian, and that the 'Impregnation Kiss' is an ability of praetorians as immature queens who can't lay eggs.
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Freshbreath3 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
okay now i fully understand about their different types of xenomorphs, especially the legs, thanks this is a great for me :)
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EskeWolf406 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Dang.... :faint: That is awesome!!
The details blew me away
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AstalIchimaru Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Well damn....
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oOKayleeOo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
dude
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AstalIchimaru Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
right
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
FWI...ya probably shouldn't use "xenomorph" as a proper noun for these guys. I've explained at length in comments on Nebezial's "Xenomorph Rex" piece. Suffice it to say, this title is a fallacy, and should not be encouraged.

Perhaps "Giger Alien" or "I. raptus" will tide us over until a 'true' species designation comes about.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well isn't Xenomorph sort of an adequate designation for -any- alien species? :P
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Ah, but this isn't just *any* alien species. Besides, it's unlikely that people in the ALIEN mythos would identify such a specific and threatening race so broadly. There are Deacons, Yuatja, and Arcturans, which are all xenomorphs of some sort. Giving Giger's species such a title would result in unnecessary (and possibly lethal) confusion.
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A-Chenery Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just what an Arcturian is has been hotly debated by fans for many years. It seams unlikely that they are infact an alien species capable of sexual interaction with humans, as opposed to a divergant group of human colonists known by outsiders for their androgenous appearance and sex trade.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, in the core titular film franchise; no crossovers, no exptended universe, no nothing; they could be spoken of as the only "canon" aliens other than the space jockeys. Which might as well be called xenomorpohs too.

They actually -are- referred by the people in the ALIEN mythos as -xenomorphs- at least in the second movie as far as I remember. There is no problem with that because its a pretty dark setting, where aliens of any type hardly if ever show up (space is huge and empty and episodes are often separated by hundreds of years)so there is no need for any more speciffic description if they are the only aliens to ever show up or be known in the century you happen to live in.
Saying that calling Internecivus Raptus a xenomorph is wrong is like saying calling a Velocirraptor a dinosaur is wrong because a dinosaur could also be a Stegosaurus.
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Actually, it was only said once, by Gorman. And they had sketchy intel at the time. I explained further in Nebezial's X.rex entry.

I'm pretty such the Deacons ARE the Space Jockeys. It' their craft that the Prometheus comes across, which later became the derelict from ALIEN. And the Marines in Aliens make dirty jokes about Arcturan anatomy. They've seen alien races before, and named them.

In any case, I largely object because due to our society's declining language skills I suspect a lot of people don't know that "xenomorph" is an actual word. Certainly fewer do than know of the ALIEN franchise. And I fear unless a unique canon name is given to these toothy bastards, a whole bunch of people are gonna look like tools when they suddenly need to use the word properly.
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