Thursday, March 8, 2012

John Carter - White Apes Key Frame

White Apes concept art for John Carter, directed by Andrew Stanton.
This image served as both character design and key frame for the film, and an earlier version has been used in the marketing campaign on billboards and posters as well. I've always wanted to design something like this for a movie, and I'm glad it happened on this one! Working with Andrew was an amazing experience.

18 comments:

Zachary said...

Amazing piece! This feels like an incredible step up in your work! Can't wait to see more of what you did for the film...

Adam Temple said...

I was wondering who was responsible for that wicked design. NICE.

Lloyd said...

Awesome stuff!!! Looks great... I would love to see how you paint. Have you ever recorded any video's?

Gonçalo Pereira said...

amazing one, looks so realistic!
awesome poses

A. Riabovitchev said...

A W E S O M E !!!!:O)
It's a pleasure to see your work Michael.:O)

Igor Braulio said...

When I grow up... I would like to paint like you!
Other thing that I Would like to see are yours sketches, and unfinished works, something like that, do you have a space for that stuff?

Hypnotic said...

It looks incredible!
I don't cease to admire your talent!

Hypnotic said...

only it is a pity that you show the works so seldom!

Randy Bantog said...

Beautiful! I just picked up the art book too and love your other pieces in there as well.

Felix Botho Haas said...

It's amazing how you combine you're character work with such a cool keyframe! and this is 2009...I wonder how your current work looks like...

Michael Kutsche said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!
A. Riabovitchev: Thanks man, that means a lot! :)
Igor Braulio: Thanks! Will post a pencil sketch of the White Ape later on.
Felix Botho Haas: Thanks a lot! My recent work (which I can only post in 2 years) is more economic with the brush work, more indicative.

Hypnotic said...

Michael, when you plan to show other works for this project? I in an anticipation=)

Mark Tompkins said...

Looks fantastic Michael, I look forward to seeing more!

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Daniel Ljunggren said...

truly amazing, what a punch in the face!

may I ask, do you have any advice in reaching such a high level of realism? Especially when the design is something unreal, making use of reference will only help me to a certain point?

thanks and keep up the inspirational work!

Greg Pro said...

Beautiful work Michael. Just got the art of John Carter today. It's nice to see everyone's work, but I wish they gave the artists credit inside. Still an awesome book.
Ditto: Would love to see any sketches or work in progress stuff. :)

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Maurice Mitchell said...

They did indeed use it for the poster, but I think you're layout worked better. The poster has the apes cut off and the whole composition has a real sense of speed. Awesome stuff.

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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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