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Altered Carbon: Season 2 - The Elder

During the pre-production phase of Altered Carbon S2, in Late-2018, we worked with Producers James Middleton, Alison Schapker and Production Designer Carey Meyer to visualize the anatomical form, language and cultural development of the Elder Species (Martians).

Thought to be a long-dead alien avian species whose ruins are found scattered across the known universe. We quickly gravitated to the ideology that the elders had had a long-lasting symbiotic relationship with the songspire trees, perhaps dating back to the early stages of their evolution. We wanted them to look at home in the songspires branches. A natural camouflage and perched state of being that would undergo a transformational change as it stands erect, wings stretched, almost giving an angelic presence. Dominating and penetrative.

Elder Sketch - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder Sketch - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder Sketch - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu

Elder Sketch - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu

Elder, Wings Folded - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder, Wings Folded - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder, Wings Out - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder, Wings Out - Artist: Dane Madgwick

Elder Top View - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu

Elder Top View - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu

Elder Nestled - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Nestled - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Reveal - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Reveal - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Head Reveal - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Head Reveal - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Light Interaction - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Light Interaction - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Screengrab from Altered Carbon Season 2

Screengrab from Altered Carbon Season 2

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer

Elder Wing Configuration - Artists: Dane Madgwick + Russel Dongjun Lu + Greg Tozer