Get ready to fall in love with David Meng's bizarre creatures

You've already admired David Meng's incredible design work for the aliens in District 9. But looking at some of his other sculptures and illustrations of weird monsters, you wonder if Guillermo Del Toro has seen this WETA artist's work yet.

Meng tells us:

I pursued this career because I felt it would give me the chance to put some of my own `look' and/or ideas into films that many people would see. Most artists want an audience for their work, and the medium of film tends to have a larger one than, say, publishing or the world of fine art. Also, I love drawing, sculpting and dreaming things up, and this job lets me do all of these.

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We asked Meng to name the weirdest or most awesome concept art or design he'd seen lately, and he responds:

There's a lot of great stuff I like, I honestly can't say that any one thing sits above the rest for me. But at this moment, what comes to my mind are some designs done by an artist named Hee-Chul Jang. Hee-Chul designed the monster in the Korean movie, "The Host". He did some brilliant maquettes and illustrations. They're beautifully organic and inspiring in their originality. In my meek opinion, I feel the final `Host' design should acquire the status of being the next Alien or Predator.

Check out some of Meng's amazing concept art and sculptures. You can see more over at his blog. Warning: Images #10 and 11 are NSFW.

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Bully, a spin on "Beauty and the Beast"

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DISCUSSION

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Derek C. F. Pegritz

I *really* like the final pic, Number 14. Looks exactly like what I've always pictured a traditional Arabic/Persian ghul would look like!