I've been wanting to try this one for a long time.
I am a full time medical illustrator working parttime as a freelance concept artist/scifi-fantasy illustrator. I've finally had a chance to blend the two worlds here
We used to do detailed illustrations of human cadavers in MedIllus graduate school. The goal was to find creative ways to show the anatomy clearly. The images had to be very realistic, but things were inconofied to a large degree so that the anatomy is easier to understand.
It was a lot of fun applying this practice to a fictional creature. Coming up with believable tissues and organ systems was a very interesting challenge - all while trying to keep the function of the creature in mind. The final goal is to have something informative and believably while being strangely beautiful (if not a bit gross).
What creature would be more fitting than everyone's favorite parasite? A fun homage to the Alien movies.
Comments are most welcome. Thanks for looking!