To be honest, it took me a while to warm to the first film once I did see it. I think that this is a testament to the fact that it was the more adult film of the two. I have come to recognize the genius of the original. But, as someone somewhere no doubt once said, I love them both, just in VERY different ways ...
Even though I had not seen the film yet, I poured over that "making of" book with reverence and awe. The amount of work that went into that film, the time effort talent and devotion that made it all gel into a wonderfully crafted whole is nothing short of inspiring.
Anyway, thinking back on that book, featuring seminal sci-fi artists of the day Ron Cobb, Mobius and H.R. Giger inspired me to do a google images search for other sci-fi artists.
Here are some of the results: