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This fan's Alien: Awakening 'Xeno Shaw' concepts would've made Giger proud

This fan's Alien: Awakening 'Xeno Shaw' concepts would've made Giger proud

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Imagine if David's experiments on poor Dr. Elizabeth Shaw had resulted in her becoming a Xenomorph / Human hybrid of sorts - a combining of ancient Alien DNA and the seeded life of the Engineer race. We know from interviews that the Xenomorph was not created by David alone, but was a tweaking of an existing genetic makeup previously exploited by the Engineers. We also know that David did mutilate Shaw and use her body as a vessel for his attempts at modifying and splicing the Alien genome with Human / Engineer DNA - essentially creating the perfect organism... to hunt and kill Humans and Engineers. Unfortunately despite the intriguing backstory, Shaw's screentime was relatively nonexistent, with a brief shot of her corpse being shown near the end of the film. Many fans complained that Shaw was killed off too soon and that her role in Covenant could have and should have been far more prominent.

One fan, forum member Pred'Alex recently joined up and shared a ton of unique artwork he created, inspired by Alien: Covenant and its sequel (potentially titled Alien: Awakening), giving Shaw a more redeeming and fascinating role. He titled his piece "Xeno-Shaw", for obvious reasons and the quality of his work is something that would have made the late H.R. Giger proud. Blending the biomechanical aspects of the Xenomorph, he created various designs and rough storyboards involving the birth and functionality of the Alien-Human hybrid abomination, if it were to ever be realized on film. Check out some of his concepts below:

He also created a pretty sweet concept for an Engineer vehicle:

He has created two forum topics so far which house his artwork. You can check them out here and here.

Were you pleased with Shaw's fate in Alien: Covenant? Would you have liked to see her become something like what these pieces of artwork depict? Let us know in the comments and be sure to share your own artwork with us by creating a new topic in the forums if you have any you wish to share!

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2017-11-10 15:31:38

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15 Fan responses to This fan's Alien: Awakening 'Xeno Shaw' concepts would've made Giger proud


FacehuggerMember247 XPNov-10-2017 4:01 PM

Would have been cool to have David have some sort of creature following him around and watching over him. In the end it would have been revealed that this "thing" was Shaw all along. A dreadful twist.

I Moon Girl

ChestbursterMember611 XPNov-10-2017 5:11 PM

MU/TH/UR said, "Would have been cool to have David have some sort of creature following him around and watching over him. In the end it would have been revealed that this "thing" was Shaw all along. A dreadful twist."

That is a great idea.


PraetorianModerator2414 XPNov-10-2017 5:23 PM

This is great work with some amazing concepts.


EngineerAdmin22767 XPNov-10-2017 5:38 PM

The David's pet idea was a prominent concept when Covenant was in very early production. I agree, would have been awesome to have his guardian Alien turn out to be Xeno-Shaw.

Lady Anne

FacehuggerMember202 XPNov-10-2017 9:40 PM

#PRED'ALEX - (Sorry never sure how to highlight people in different social media apps correctly! Apologies!)

These are ABSOLUTELY stunning! You have a tremendous eye for detail and really enable one to connect with your artwork! Like H.R. Giger, your work elicits a response, which to me is the whole point of artwork, to get one to ponder, whether that's an uncomfortable pondering for some or utter amazement for others either way, for me at least, it's what art should do!

Like Giger's work, this transports me to great places and possibilities within the Alien universe. I really admire these for their originality and truthfully warmth, even though what David has done to her is horrific and the ultimate violation, you still (at least I felt) feel that warmth and kindness of Shaw was still there or at least wants to be. So far my favorite one is "Alien: Rise" I think it's called - hopefully I got that correct. I TRULY LOVE them all though! Again just my take sorry for rambling!

Thank you again so very much for sharing your incredible talent with all of us out here!Lady Anne ^^ö^^


TrilobiteMember8212 XPNov-10-2017 10:18 PM

I like how a human is busting out of an alien instead of the other way around. It seems an interesting concept to come full circle way down the road! LOVE IT!


OvomorphMember64 XPNov-11-2017 1:39 AM

A million thanks to all of you and only one question: Should I continue to work on it ? 


XenomorphMember1319 XPNov-11-2017 5:36 AM

Awesome work!

I'd continue...It's your world. It's an achievement. I'd share it with Noomi(if possible..Twitter?) and somehow RS.

This kind of work keeps the franchise alive.


FacehuggerMember299 XPNov-11-2017 8:07 AM

At first I started having flashbacks from Alien 4 then I saw the pictures and I really like it. Basically anything would be better than the basically nothing we got in Alien Covenant. Its amazing how many great ideas were not explored in the very boring script we got for Alien Covenant. 


OvomorphMember64 XPNov-11-2017 8:12 AM

I think the franchise lives thanks to you guys who care

French alien

OvomorphMember14 XPNov-11-2017 10:39 AM

It‘s very beautyful. I love Shaw and i love Noomi Rapace.


FacehuggerMember240 XPNov-13-2017 6:29 AM

I say they clone shaw!!


DeaconMember10416 XPNov-13-2017 7:30 AM

Indeed these are some very interesting pieces of work, and thanks to Pred'Alex for creating and sharing these works, some of them i am not sure quite fit into how to have explored Dr Shaw as they are a bit too Bio-Mechanical/Xenomorph but very good none the less..  But i think these ones HERE and HERE would certainly had been very very interesting.

It is a bit of a shame how we ended up with the explorations or lack of with Dr Shaw, i feel AC also went about it a bit of the wrong way, even with regards to the limited resolution we got as far as Shaws Fate.

If we could undo  ALIEN COVENANT just for a moment, and still look at Davids Agenda in Alien Covenant, which appears to be create his own Perfect Creation, then if we go back before Alien Covenant and ask if we was DAVID what basis would he begin?

The closest thing we ever got to a Xenomorph in Alien Covenant was the Deacon, and when we look how these Xenomorph type Organism came to be, its Origins did Stem from what ever that Black Goo contained, but the way/route this Pathogen had to take to give us the Deacon, does lead us down a certain path were indeed Dr Shaw was required to Produce the Face Hugger like Mother to the Deacon.. the Trilobite.

We know David was aware of Dr Shaws none-traditional Fetus, but it would be safe to bet David was not aware quite of the results, or at least never witnessed the result of the Adult Trilobite and what Horror it would lead rise too.

So if we go back to being DAVID, now Post "The Crossing" you can be sure that David would have been very interested to see the End Results of what Transpired from his Experiment on Holloway.

So i feel a starting point for David would be to try and understand WHY and HOW did that simple spiking of Holloway's Drink lead to Elizabeth Shaw being Pregnant with a Alien Fetus. And thus you would think that David would like to Replicate this kind of Experiment again... and so it would have made sense that at some point David would want to Re-Create the Alien (Trilobite) Fetus.  I think Ultimately AC shows us he had conducted similar experiments with Female Engineers... but AC had hinted to us that it was via Dr Shaw that David achieved his greatest Specimens... which Ultimately must lead to those Eggs.

so it would appear that if we went before AC, then using the Black Goo  Pathogen, on Dr Shaws Egg Cells would provide a Basis for Re-Creating something similar to the Deacon, and i think it would have been interesting that the More David had experimented on her Eggs, that Gradually the Pathogen started to infect Dr Shaws DNA and Turn her into a Hybrid, and that this Hybrid Shaw is what then started to provide the Fruits of Davids labor to get use closer to the Xenomorph.

And so seeing Dr Shaw, Restrained against her will, experimented on to give Child Birth but not Traditional Fetus, and eventually see her become a Hybrid Organism would have been interesting...   The Source i had Late Feb 2015/Early March 2015 did allude to something similar.

And when we look at the concept works by Matt Hatton and Dane Hallett we do see Dr Shaw connected to a Bio-Mechanical and sometimes Alien Organic device/restraint and their concepts also showed us a  various Xeno/Human Hybrids some more Xeno than others.... so a BIG QUESTION would be at some point was these kinds of ideas to had been explored.

And this brings me back to the OT.... because some of their work would truly had been fitting to such a Fate for Dr Elisabeth Shaw.

Yog Sothoth

FacehuggerMember139 XPNov-19-2017 9:49 AM

Nice fan art there, but...."We know from interviews that the Xenomorph was not created by David alone, but was a tweaking of an existing genetic makeup previously exploited by the Engineers." <-- Which interviews?? The only thing I heard Scott saying about this is that "David created it". The story in some of the early scripts and the Novel may indicate that the Engineers created it first, but Scott changed his mind in this movie and had David be the originator. Watch the extended material of Alien: Covenant called "Advent". It shows David mixing Shaw's tissue (her eggs maybe?) with tissue of a dead Neomorph and the black goo, leading to the Xenomorph eggs being formed.


DeaconMember10416 XPDec-16-2017 6:35 PM


I think they was mixed up with what the Alien Covenant Novel had hinted, which the Advent Video can vaguely hint towards too, i am not aware of any Interview that mentioned David tweaking etc the Xenomorph Make up.

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