Monday, March 8, 2010

Initial Caterpillar Concept

This is the actual drawing which got me the gig on "Alice".
At the time I did it, I wasn't even aware what movie and director it was for.
A couple of illustrators had been requested by Sony to participate in a pitch, and it turned out that Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera and myself were hand picked by Tim Burton after Sony showed him the drawings.


Noël ILL said...

awesome! (about being hand picked) I haven't seen the movie yet, but it's on my list of things to do. I like the depth in this drawing, how the background is out of focus. The tree stump he is sitting on looks real, do you ever collage or paint over real pictures in your drawings?

TheLittleDetails said...

Amazing, I can't believe how detailed it is! If you don't mind me asking, what program did you use?
I watched the movie last Friday, and I really liked it, especially the design for the Cheshire cat, which, as far as I know, is your work ;P
I'm looking forward to see more pics (not necessarily Alice-related) from you.

Anonymous said...

very very very nice!!!

Jimena Rojas said...

hey, I saw Alice yesterday and I ran into your article looking for info. Just wanna say I loved the characters and your work in general!
Greetings from the argentinian Patagonia!

Tay Borges said...

What program did u use?
Sooooooo good man!

Michelle Yee said...

Amazing work! I love the caterpillar and how detailed he is. And the colouring is incredible, too.

Very reminiscent of those ultra-detailed microscopic photographs you'd see of insects in science magazines.


Marie said...

nice drawing!
congrats on being picked by them! :D

Santiago CARUSO said...

hEY, gREAT CONCEPTS! I didn´t see the film yet. Take a walk through my web site:

Charles Santoso said...

Beautiful work, Michael! wow! :D

A. Riabovitchev said...

Brilliant work Michael!
I can see you use potos and drawings together.

JenniS said...

SO inspiring and great to get me thinking in other directions. Love your work and will visit back to this blog regularly!

Arnaud de Vallois said...

I remember this one from your presentation yesterday at Nucleus. Great work, and great talk!

chrisquarepants said...

You are my favorite artist, your works are amazing. I am a "beginner", but I am really serious. I would really like to talk a bit with you (mail, msn or something else), and maybe learn some techniques and stuff.. ;p

Keep up the good work! I really love the smoking caterpillar, and just your style in general :D


Marco Bucci said...

Hey man - been a fan of your work for awhile. Great paintings!

kynu said...

Another congrats from me too!
I'm writing because I'm quite amused by this painting. When I see your (or basically anybodies) work I know how it was made. First of all I see the strokes of course. But if not, than I can imagine how it could be done... But not here! :D
Help a fellow artist and tell me how the hell did you made the "lower end" of the body. Tell me it's an overpainted photograph and I will be so happy. :)
Cheers from Prague!

Diego V. B. Teixeira said...

Hello Michael Kutsche saw his work in and found very good congratulations I am Brazilian and of course artistic design. Congratulations again and good fruit.
Bye Diego Teixeira Vilas Boas

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HiFi said...

Wow. Nice! Incredible!

Messy Jessy said...

I think your work is ace ;)

Messy Jessy said...

I think your work is ace;)

Maurice Mitchell said...

Amazing design. It has a more sinister appearance than the final version, but his huge grin gives him a sense of whimsy.

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Michael Kutsche is an award-winning German artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a self taught artist who works both in traditional and digital media. His work is best described as an astoundingly lifelike depiction of parallel realities, populated by odd characters reminiscent of movies, comics but also Flemish Renaissance Painting. His unique approach of imaginative character creation has led him to become a character designer on Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, “John Carter of Mars”, directed by Andrew Stanton and "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh. Parallel to his career in the film industry he still keeps track of his own projects, including paintings for future exhibitions, book projects etc.


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