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    Exclamation "Alice in Wonderland" Character Design/Update April 26th/5 new concepts in first post

    With the increasing excitement about the upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" I thought I should update this post with some more of the original designs.
    It's been more than a year ago when I was sitting in my trailer office in the culver studios in LA, cranking out designs and taking a peek at the shoot every once in a while when I walked over to the set to get feedback from Tim.
    Thinking that it was the first movie project I've worked on in the States, you can imagine my excitement about finally being able to seeing it on the big screen.

    You may notice that my original drawings of the March Hare, Dormouse and Caterpillar have been used for the movie posters you can see everywhere.
    I highly recommend to check out my friend Bobby Chiu's and Kei Acedera's character designs for the film as well http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=181629
    The Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit are based on Bobby's and Kei's drawings, the others I designed from scratch or based on Tim's quick sketches.

    Some of my designs will be part of upcoming exhibitions at Arludik Gallery http://www.arludik.com/ in Paris, France as well as in the Nucleus Gallery in Pasadena, CA http://www.gallerynucleus.com/galler...tions/upcoming
    I will be at Nucleus for a Q&A and artist signing on the 13th of March.
    Don't forget to get your hands on the Visual Companion http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Wonderl...d_bxgy_b_img_a, which will also include a lot of the art behind the movie.

    Cheers,

    Michael

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    How odd, I do believe I only added you on DA today. I noticed your Queen of Hearts and wondered what it was for. I prefer your military stuff, but admire your versatility.

    I must say Burton is brave attempting to remake another film noted for the striking visuals of the original. I always thought he was on dangerous ground when he's done that. His (Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fell short of the classic versions). The surreal visuals of the Disney Alice have stayed with me since childhood, and would take some beating. Have generally loved Burton's other films, though, so this should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashinvaine View Post
    How odd, I do believe I only added you on DA today. I noticed your Queen of Hearts and wondered what it was for. I prefer your military stuff, but admire your versatility.
    thanks for your reply, but honestly, I'm not a military artist at all
    regarding your comment on my "military stuff", here's an example: if you tell a woman that you prefer the look of her toenail above everything else of her features, it's not necessarily a compliment.
    everyone who knows my stuff should get the idea that the last thing I'm striving for is becoming a great military artist.

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    These are great and really capture that 'Alice in Wonderland' feel.

    I just checked out your site and DA gallery - turns out I already knew most of your work but it was nice to have a refresher tour. Alot of your droid/bot designs look Maschinen Krieger inspired - am I close to the mark?

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    I can not WAIT to see more. These are beautiful man! Thanx for sharing.

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    Sweet~! 100+ paintings at this level of refinement... Man, that sounds like it could really burn someone out!!! But after all was done, I'm sure that must be the most refreshing feeling ever. ...Just thinking about completing that much is refreshing. Well- tiring and refreshing. Looking forward to the future dump!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeecHMonkeY View Post
    These are great and really capture that 'Alice in Wonderland' feel.

    I just checked out your site and DA gallery - turns out I already knew most of your work but it was nice to have a refresher tour. Alot of your droid/bot designs look Maschinen Krieger inspired - am I close to the mark?
    thanks a lot! I agree with the Maschinen Krieger similarity, always liked the realistic feel and the functionality of those designs, it feels like it's harder to connect to overly stylized and shiny looking stuff like the Gundam robot designs. Entertainment design should always serve the story, not the other way round (except for toys whose purpose is mostly to look pretty)


    Quote Originally Posted by anjy View Post
    Sweet~! 100+ paintings at this level of refinement... Man, that sounds like it could really burn someone out!!! But after all was done, I'm sure that must be the most refreshing feeling ever. ...Just thinking about completing that much is refreshing. Well- tiring and refreshing. Looking forward to the future dump!
    hehe, actually, it was rather fulfilling to crank that stuff out, I felt like on drugs. the first day I came to the life action set in LA, I noticed those big life size standees of my designs being scattered all over the stages, that was quite shocking.

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    Daaaamn!

    Oh, this will be a very wacky and gorgeous movie going by your concept paintings. Love the level of polish.

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    Great stuff Michael Kutsche! I remember I first saw your work in ImagineFX and saw tutorial workshop you've have written in there.

    Can't wait for the film and you must be lucky to work with Tim Burton on this project. Looking forward for your future dump.

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    I like how you kept Tenniel's price tag in this style.

    Can't wait to see the film, best Mad Hatter yet. More mad than Rackham or Disney even, I think you nailed it with that second one.

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    This is insane.
    Awesome work.

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    Cool, what an interesting project to work on. I think I actually prefer your concepts to the more photographic style ones that have been released for the film so far.

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    wow that´s awesome. congratulations on such a cool project to work on.
    I absolutely admire your stuff, it´s hot

    post more when you can

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    That first picture is extremely good - I like what's going on with the bites out of the topiary and the cup shape. Many thanks for posting.

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    What a master piece.

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    i so much love your work! i believe i've seen these two before -probably on your cg-portfolio or deviantart?
    i wonder if i've ever seen rough sketches from you or something not 100% finished -any chance?

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    These concept paintings are great. If this is something to take the Alice in Wonderland movie by, it should look interesting.

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    Amazing stuff, congrats. How did you manage to get that gig?! Did they just call you up or...?

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    Just wow!
    Must be great to "reimagine" these great characters for this weird LSD Story
    I wondered what you did the last time because I haven't seen any new cover artworks of yours. Now I know!
    Very good job! I take my hat off to you!

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    You were lucky to get that job but the job was extremely lucky to get You! This is goung to be something special. Can't wait to see more.

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    Thanks to all for the very kind replies! The opinion of fellow artists is always very important to me.


    Quote Originally Posted by paperclip View Post
    Amazing stuff, congrats. How did you manage to get that gig?! Did they just call you up or...?
    Thanks! Yes you were right, they found my work on the net, showed it to Tim, he liked it, and they hired me. My heart did a jump the moment I received that e-mail in my studio in Berlin.

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    Crazy, I'd be over the moon if I were you. Well, you deserve it!

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    That painted 3d look drive me nuts. Great as usual Michael. Keep up the good work!

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    simply gorgeous work! you always seem to squeeze in the perfect amount of detail into your characters! congrats on the gig, looking forward to the movie

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    hehehe... awesome job Michael. I love the other designs you did for the movie as well. One of the great perks about working on 'Alice' was seeing all your concept art! Hope you're doing well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by digi View Post
    hehehe... awesome job Michael. I love the other designs you did for the movie as well. One of the great perks about working on 'Alice' was seeing all your concept art! Hope you're doing well!
    Hey Bobby, thanks for dropping by! I have to say that I really enjoyed looking at your character designs on the project as well, it was always more than inspiring. Really looking forward to see you in San Diego in 2 weeks, hope you guys are doing well!

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    Hammerzeug, kumpel!

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    love the top one A LOT.
    I would love to see your workflow for these circumstances, with very limited time per piece and yet being able to produce such polished and detailed result. As well as tips for "keeping it real".

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    The first one is brilliant - everything about it is spot on. I couldn't do that in 2 months never mind 2 days.

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