Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Golem

This is a piece I did for the "Transmission: Experience" exhibition in Singapore:
It's kind of a new, rather abstract approach for me so I'm really curious what you guys think about it.
I felt the urge to break out of my daily routine, which is designing movie characters in full detail and life likeness.
I wanted to create some sort of stage with "props" and "actors" that relate to each other in an incomprehensible way, seeming to tell a story, but leaving the puzzle unfinished.
This one is digital, but I'm planning on a series of large oil painted canvases to explore and advance this direction.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Alice in Wonderland - Jabberwocky

Final design of the Jabberwocky for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland".
I was imagining him a little less shiny than he ended up in the film.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CGSociety Feature

Very detailed interview on CGSociety. Big thanks to Paul Hellard and Barbara Robertson!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion

A sneak peek at "Alice in Wonderland: A Visual Companion".
Big thanks to Holly Kempf and Mark Salisbury for putting together such a nice book.
There's a lot of interesting stuff in there, the art behind the movie as well as behind the scenes photos. Order here:


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.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Interview on LA Times blog

Did an interview for Hero Complex about my work on "Alice in Wonderland", check it out!

Thanks to Gerrick Kennedy for putting it together so nicely!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

In 2008 I had the opportunity to do a lot of the character designs for "Alice in Wonderland
I was very lucky to meet Tim Burton as well as Ken Ralston from Sony Imageworks, I've been working directly at the film set in Plymouth and later on at the set in LA, it's been a great time working for one of my favourite directors.
Seeing Johnny Depp's performance was also mindblowing, he's amazingly talented.

Below are some images that have just been released officialy.
You can find the full article on this site, as well as 3 concept art pieces for the environments:
I will show you the huge pile of the other character designs I did after the film's release in 2010.

Here's a photo of Johnny Depp in the Mad Hatter costume as well as two of the very early Hatter concepts I did:

About Me

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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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