Faster Than Light: Portraits
Inspired by FTL from Subset Games, and drawn while listening to Ben Prunty’s excellent soundtrack.
I was inspired by the tiny pixel sprites to make portraits of the various aliens. With the tiny game sprite size, drawing these was almost like literary fan art. I had some cues but there were so many details I guessed at for my own interpretation.
The new aliens in town! Clearly inspired by Dan Simmons’ Shrike creature, (their 2nd ship is even called THE SHRIKE), I was also reminded of the T-1000 from their habit of turning into liquid metal goo. Also, I was reminded of Necrons from the Lanius habit of spending eons in stasis.
"Now, most gracioussss captain, you must join me please in a drink to our alliance!"
FTL’s living energy reactors! I wanted these glowstick people to be human shaped with 4 limbs like the game sprite, but with clearly alien psisiology.
I love these guys with their green CRT monitor faces and friendly demeanor… I wanted to capture their living “silvery skin” made of trillions of nanomachines as mentioned in the canon. I imagine it to look like contrantly shifting iron filings.
Fireproof combat is AWESOME!!!!
These implacable green death-dealers seem to be identical like earth Mantindae in their anatomy. In my headcanon, this hints that they might be an “uplift” species, perhaps specifically engineered from Earth insects to be killing machines, but got loose from their masters.
My inspiration for this Rebel Captain? Let’s just say… “Lady Captain Honor Satsuki Harrington Kiryuin”, a specimen of what seems to me to be the most disruptive species in the galaxy!
"there’s a strange stasis pod that catches your eye…."
Background star images from NASA and Hubble