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James Cameron reveals his Avatar and Terminator artwork

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While we eagerly await news on James Cameron's in-production Avatar sequels, the man himself has been reflecting on his long and varied career.

Those reflections come hand-in-hand with some of his incredible, never-before-seen artwork - including one image of a blue-skinned alien woman that dates all the way back to 1976.

“I used to paint posters for Z-grade movies, and the way I would paint them was that I had a little apartment in Tarzana, California, and I would paint on the back of the bathroom door," Cameron says.

"And when I wanted to check if the perspective was right in the painting, I would turn the door and look at it in the bathroom mirror. I would see the painting’s mirror image, and I would immediately see the flaws.”

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Of the above image, Cameron reveals: “This [ painting ] is going back to 1976 I think, and this was for a film project that never went anywhere. The thing that’s interesting about it is that I’ve already got a tall, hot blue girl in that movie.

"Her name wasn’t Neytiri and it was in a completely different context, but I was already thinking about it then.”

Cameron is currently working on Avatar 2 , 3 and 4 , the first of which is due in cinemas in December 2016.

Joshua Winning

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.