Exclusive: Witness an android's insane artwork in Alien Covenant: David's Drawings

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Sep 4, 2018, 9:14 AM EDT

Ridley Scott's 2017 slaughterfest Alien: Covenant was not the most successful film in the 40-year-old Alien franchise and caused more than a bit of divisiveness among loyal fans, but it did include some intriguing notions on the exact origins of the xenomorph predators.

The shocking discovery that the inquisitive android, David (Michael Fassbender), was actually the architect behind the creation of these nasty creatures came as a startling revelation. His eerie laboratory lair decorated with a gruesome gallery of dissection sketches and hybrid anatomical drawings was one of the high points of the blood-drenched prequel.

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Those macabre artworks seen in the feature film were created by artists Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton, who conjured up a collection of bizarre banners, books, and pages filled with unbridled madness. A new deluxe, two-volume art book from Titan titled Alien Covenant: David's Drawings gathers the entirety of these diabolical pictures in a fresh 192-page hardback edition that you'll be poring over in wide-eyed amusement.


Stranded on the Engineers' planet after orchestrating an unspeakable act of genocide against its peaceful residents, David embraced his newfound God complex and delved into Frankenstein-like depths of evolutionary insanity.

This unsettling in-universe sketchbook set contains over 200 illustrations from the production, chronicling the complete arc of his nightmarish journey, from simple studies of flora and fauna to his extreme experimentation on creatures using the black goo, and the sad fate of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. Also includes a companion book, Developing the Art of an Android, with interviews with the brains behind the ghoulish art, Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton.

Titan Books' Alien Covenant: David's Drawings lands in stores September 4.

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Check out our exclusive peek inside the petrifying pages of David's Drawings in the gallery below, then tell us if any of these scary sketches might haunt your dreams.

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All illustrations created and supplied by Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton.