|The Wolverine (2013) costume concept art by Phillip Boutte Jr.|
Check out The Wolverine costume concept art by Phillip Boutte Jr.
The Wolverine Blu-raywas released yesterday, so it's a prefect time to look at some never-before-seen concept art from the film. When the first official photos from The Wolverine were released many said Logan's shaggy appearance made him look like a hobo. It looks random, but it was all carefully designed by costume designer Isis Mussenden. One of the costume concept illustrators working with her was Phillip Boutte Jr. and he sent me some exclusive illustrations for Wolverine's street clothes.
Phillip Boutte Jr. is a professional production design and concept artist who's worked on Hollywood movies like Man of Steel (2013), Inception (2011) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Check out the rest of the images after the break (click to enlarge).
Mussenden explained her approach to costuming for The Wolverine to Bleeding Cool. "I always start with the original material." Mussenden said, "I’ll always start with that original [comic book] material, looking at the different ways in which the character has been depicted. Especially in this story, some of the drawings in the series where Wolverine goes to Japan are very different. He’s been drawn at different times, by different artists, but they’ve all been a huge inspiration. I do then have to take in account that these costumes have to work for actors performing in action scenes...Other concerns would be harnesses, stunt doubles, whether you can run in the boots – all of that comes into play. I do sometimes – say 5%, 10% of the time – have to shift some things, redesign or rethink them because they’re not capable of doing what they need to do."
This explains the many designs.
See more of Isis Mussenden's work at http://www.isismussenden.com and more of Phillip Boutte Jr.'s work on his blog modusmaleficium.blogspot.com and phillipbouttejr.carbonmade.com.
Click on the links if you want to see more of Phillip Boutte Jr.'s work and The Wolverine on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen The Wolverine what did you think?
Official The Wolverine Summary
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Directed by James Mangold
Cinematography by Ross Emery
Production Design by François Audouy
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Brian Tee
Release date: July 26, 2013 (USA)
Official Site: http://thewolverinemovie.com/us/
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