Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thor - Initial Frost Giant Concept

Early Frost Giant concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh. The image shows what kind of scale for the giants I originally had in mind. The Thor costume in this piece is based on the Esad Ribic version.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thor -Bull Frost Giant Concept

Bull Frost Giant concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Designed to give some serious headbutts!
Didn't have a long lifespan in the movie though - his face had an encounter with Thor's Hammer.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thor - Frost Giants Concept

Frost Giants concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh. This one is to explore a range of body types. Since they come from a dying world, I wanted to incorporate these signs of destitution while still keeping a feel of innate strength.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thor - Arrival in Jotunheim

Original concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh. This one is a key frame that shows the arrival of Thor, Sif and the Warriors Three in Jotunheim. My focus here was on the scale, lighting and overall atmosphere.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thor - Odin Costume Design

Costume design for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh. This one is a concept for Odin's casual dress, I'm happy how it got translated into the real costume for the film.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thor - Destroyer's Vault


Original concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.
This is one of the key frames I did, showing Thor and Odin while they discover what's left of the Frost Giants who attempted to steal the Casket of Ancient Winters.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thor - Frost Giant Concept 2


Frost Giant concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.
A big thanks goes to Craig Kyle, Producer at Marvel Studios, for the collaboration on the giants.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thor - Frost Giant Concept Art



Frost Giant concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The focus while designing these guys was on the character.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thor - King Laufey


King Laufey concept art for "Thor", directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The challenge for designing the Frost Giants was to give them a fierce appearance while still evoking a feel of an intelligent, sophisticated race; instead of ending up with a bunch of strong but dumb brutes or the typical movie monsters.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thor - Odin and Sleipnir


































Concept art for "Thor": Odin on Sleipnir, his eight legged horse.

The Art of Thor Book Signing/Panel


With the movie successfully released, I wanted to announce the upcoming artist panel and book signing at Gallery Nucleus. 
I will be present together with my fellow artists who worked on "Thor":

Charlie Wen
Ryan Meinerding
Vance Kovacs

The Art of Thor is a nice collectible for all the peeps interested in how the visual style for the film was created.
It's 240 pages showcasing a great deal of the concept art for the film and comes in a slipcase with a nice spot varnish printing. If you don't get your hands on a signed copy at Nucleus, order here: link

Looking forward to seeing you at Nucleus! 



http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/312







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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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