This is an environment design/matte painting done for a CG Society challenge. I wanted to make a scene that pays homage to the classic matte painting/environment of the alien ship at the Norwegian research camp in John Carpenter's The Thing. This is me envisioning that environment of the film in a new way.
The second picture is a variation with more snow effects and a helicopter. I like that the helicopter adds more to the story of the scene, but I like the isolation of the first version.